Birth Injuries/Obstetrics

Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon, Winter Haven, Florida


Birth injuries and birth defects can be devastating to parents, families, and especially the affected child. Many parents are unaware of the fact that negligent obstetric care and other forms of medical malpractice that can happen before, during, and after childbirth can cause several types of birth injuries. A surprising number of parents do not think to hold a medical professional responsible for such birth defects or injuries. However, many of these can be avoided or corrected through treatment if obstetricians and other healthcare professionals do their job correctly.


Common Malpractice-Related Birth Injuries


Many kinds of birth defects are unavoidable. However, there are a few that can be the direct result of negligence on the part of the obstetrician. Here are a few of them:


  • Cerebral palsy – This condition results from damage to the motor control centers of the brain of the developing child. Such damage usually occurs during pregnancy or childbirth and can be the result of negligent obstetric care.
  • Erb’s palsy – Paralysis and developmental defects of the arm may result from excessive force placed on the baby during childbirth.
  • Brain damage – Brain injury due to lack of oxygen can have countless negative mental, physical, behavioral, and developmental effects on a child. Vacuum extractors and failure to treat umbilical cord entrapment are common causes.
  • Brachial plexus injury – This may result in the paralysis of the child’s forearm and hand muscles, a condition referred to as Klumpke’s paralysis. Small mothers or infants with large birth weight are significant risk factors. This condition can be avoided altogether with proper obstetric care.
  • Untreated jaundice – Jaundice is common in newborns. However, severe newborn jaundice that is not treated properly can cause cerebral palsy, hearing and vision loss, mental retardation, and other brain damage.


Competent obstetric care during pregnancy and childbirth can eliminate the risk of many of these birth defects and injuries.


If you live in the Orlando, Ocala, Kissimmee, Brandon or Winter Haven, Florida areas and believe you may have a birth injury/obstetric malpractice claim, please contact experienced Orlando medical malpractice attorney Stephen J. Knox today to arrange your free case evaluation. We also serve Bartow, Citrus, Mulberry, Plant City, Sumter, and Zephyrhills.

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