Orlando Infant Brain Injury Attorney
Helping Families in Orlando, FL
Infant brain injuries are devastating for both the child and the family. The child may suffer from a lifetime of physical and mental disabilities, and the family may face a lifetime of caring for a child with special needs. If your child has suffered a brain injury, you need to know what caused it and whether it could have been prevented. If the injury was caused by medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation.
At the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., we have the medical and legal knowledge to help you determine whether your child’s brain injury was caused by medical malpractice. We have helped many families in Florida and nationwide get the compensation they need to care for their child. We can help you, too.
What is an Infant Brain Injury?
An infant brain injury refers to any damage or trauma that occurs to an infant's brain, typically before, during, or shortly after birth. These injuries can have varying degrees of impact on the baby's neurological development and overall health.
There are several common types of infant brain injuries:
- Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): This occurs due to a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the baby's brain, often during childbirth. It can lead to brain damage if not promptly treated.
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): TBIs in infants can happen due to accidents, falls, or trauma during childbirth. These injuries can range from mild concussions to more severe damage.
- Intracranial Hemorrhage: Bleeding within the skull can occur due to various reasons such as trauma during birth, blood clotting disorders, or other medical conditions. This bleeding can put pressure on the brain, leading to damage.
- Cerebral Palsy: While not always a result of injury, cerebral palsy is often associated with brain damage in infants. It affects movement, muscle tone, and motor skills due to abnormal brain development or damage.
- Shaken Baby Syndrome: This is a form of abusive head trauma that occurs when an infant is violently shaken, causing brain injury due to the brain hitting the inside of the skull.
- Infections: Certain infections during pregnancy or after birth, such as meningitis or encephalitis, can lead to inflammation in the brain, causing injury.
These injuries can have significant short-term and long-term consequences, impacting the child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development.
Common Causes of Infant Birth Injuries
Infant brain injuries related to medical malpractice can occur due to various errors or negligence during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or postnatal care.
Some common causes include:
- Delayed or improper C-section: If a healthcare provider fails to recognize signs of fetal distress that indicate the need for an emergency cesarean section, it can result in oxygen deprivation and subsequent brain injury to the infant.
- Mismanagement of labor and delivery: Errors during labor, such as improper use of delivery instruments like forceps or vacuum extractors, or failing to respond appropriately to complications like umbilical cord issues or prolonged labor, can lead to brain injuries.
- Medication errors: Administering incorrect doses of medication or using medications that could harm the fetus can lead to complications or injuries affecting the infant's brain.
- Failure to monitor fetal distress: Inadequate monitoring of the fetal heart rate or ignoring signs of distress can result in a lack of timely intervention to prevent brain injury.
- Neglecting maternal health issues: Certain maternal health conditions, like infections, high blood pressure (preeclampsia), or diabetes, if not properly managed during pregnancy, can contribute to infant brain injuries.
- Improper handling of the newborn: Rough or careless handling of the newborn, especially during procedures like resuscitation, can cause brain trauma.
- Failure to diagnose and treat complications: Missing or delaying the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as infections or jaundice in the newborn can lead to brain damage.
In cases of medical malpractice, proving negligence involves demonstrating that the healthcare provider(s) deviated from the standard of care expected in similar circumstances and that this deviation directly caused the infant's brain injury. Legal recourse may be pursued to seek compensation for the child's medical expenses, ongoing care, and other associated costs due to the injury.
Why Choose Us?
The Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. specializes in representing families dealing with infant brain injuries caused by medical malpractice in Orlando.
Here's how we can assist you with your case:
- Legal Expertise: We have a deep understanding of medical malpractice law and extensive experience handling cases specifically related to infant brain injuries. Our expertise allows us to navigate complex legal procedures and build a strong case on your behalf.
- Investigation and Evaluation: We conduct thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding the injury. This involves gathering medical records, consulting with experts in neonatology and pediatric neurology, and evaluating the actions of healthcare providers involved in your child's care.
- Building a Strong Case: We work diligently to gather compelling evidence that demonstrates how medical negligence led to your child's brain injury. This may include expert testimonies, medical reports, and other documentation supporting your claim.
- Legal Representation: As your legal representatives, we handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies and the opposing party. We advocate fiercely for your rights and seek fair compensation for your child's current and future medical needs, rehabilitation, and ongoing care.
- Compassionate Support: We understand the emotional toll this situation can take on your family. We offer compassionate support and guidance throughout the legal process, ensuring you're informed and supported every step of the way.
- Trial Advocacy: If necessary, we're prepared to take your case to trial. Our firm has the trial experience and resources to effectively present your case in court and fight for the compensation your child deserves.
Ultimately, our goal is to secure the best possible outcome for your child and your family, providing the financial resources necessary to ensure your child receives the care and support they need to thrive despite the challenges presented by their brain injury.
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