There is no tragedy worse than losing a child. Going through all the hope and expectation of a pregnancy only to suffer a stillbirth is devastating to entire families. When a stillbirth is caused by medical negligence, the pain and suffering can be even more pronounced, since the tragedy is preventable. In cases where medical professionals fail to provide a high standard of care, parents have the option of filing a medical malpractice claim in Miami or their community.
Deciding to file a personal injury claim in Miami or your community after experiencing a stillbirth can be a very emotional decision. If you would like to speak with a compassionate and experienced legal staff about your options, you can always reach the Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your case.Stillbirths in Miami and Florida
Keep in mind that a stillbirth is considered any birth of a dead baby after 24 weeks of gestation. After 24 weeks, a baby is considered able to survive outside the womb. Stillbirths that occur close to the delivery time, especially, should be carefully considered. In many cases, these babies can be delivered safely prematurely and can survive. If a stillbirth happens, there is always the question of whether it could have been prevented.
Stillbirths can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Congenital problems
- Ante-partum hemorrhage
- Rhesus incompatibility
- Obstetric cholestasis
- Premature birth
- The mother’s pre-existing medical conditions
- Birth injury or trauma
- Immunological disorders
Stillbirths can be caused by medical malpractice in a number of ways:
- Doctors misdiagnosed a potentially life-threatening condition or failed to act on a diagnosis
- Medical professionals failed to order necessary and standard tests that would have unveiled a problem
- Lack of proper monitoring of the mother and fetus
- Prolonged labor
- Excessive force used during labor
- Lack of proper management during the labor and delivery process
- Not scheduling a cesarean section or not performing a cesarean section in time if the fetus is in distress
- Not noticing or reacting appropriately to evidence of fetus distress
No matter what has caused a stillbirth, this event can cause severe distress for a family. In many cases, it can also cause financial problems. A mother may also experience injury and complications which require expensive medical care. The mother and family may need counseling or may need to pay for final memorial and medical expenses for the child. Compensation can help a family with all of these costs. Holding negligent medical staff accountable can also help a family find closure and can help ensure that important safety changes are made so that other families may not experience the same tragedy.
The Flaxman Law Group has recovered many multimillion dollar recoveries on behalf of patients and personal injury victims in Miami and across South Florida. If you have questions about your rights or you are wondering whether you have a case, contact the Flaxman Law Group today at 1-866-FLAXMAN (1-866-352-9626) or through the law firm website for a free case evaluation.