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    Attorneys for Birth Injuries

    There are 1.9 birth injuries for every live birth in the United States. For many people, this is a traumatic event. Just when you expect to have a newborn baby, you are shocked to learn that the baby is not healthy due to a medical professional’s mistake.

    That is where we step in. The team at Panter Law has what it takes to ensure that you are treated fairly by the justice system. Our experienced staff has already helped many people throughout Florida, including our hometown of Miami. If you think your family has been a victim of infant medical malpractice, then you need an expert medical malpractice lawyer.

    Causes of Birth Injuries

    According to the Stanford Children’s Health Hospital, birth injuries are more common when:

    • The baby is big
    • The baby is feet-first in the birth canal
    • The baby is born prematurely
    • The mother’s pelvis or birth canal makes it difficult for a vaginal birth
    • Labor is long
    • Labor is difficult
    • The mother is overweight
    • There is a c-section
    • The doctor uses a vacuum or forceps

    This is not meant to be a complete list. There are other sources of injuries that can harm babies.

    Types of Birth Injuries

    Birth injuries come in many different forms. Similar to the list of the causes of birth injuries, this is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather a list designed to get people thinking and give more information.

    • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Kernicterus
    • Brachial plexus injuries
    • Erb’s palsy
    • Periventricular leukomalacia
    • Developmental disabilities
    • Intracranial hemorrhages
    • Hydrocephalus
    • Traumatic birth injuries

    Medical Negligence and Birth Injuries

    The criteria for medical malpractice in birth injuries is fairly similar to medical malpractice as a whole. That is to say, you have to legally establish a few different facts for your case to proceed. They are as follows:

    • A doctor-patient relationship
    • A doctor who acted wrongly
    • The mistake caused physical harm to the patient

    Establishing a doctor-patient relationship means that the physician was seeing the patient throughout the pregnancy, or was overseeing the birth. 

    A doctor who uses poor judgment, and makes a mistake, may be found to be negligent. This can take a few different forms. As it relates to birth injury, this may include prolonging labor, yanking, or using forceps to deliver the child. In addition, a doctor who has worked long hours may make a mistake due to fatigue. In a court of law, you must prove that the doctor’s care was substandard, which means that they were not acting in a way that a similar doctor would. In order to prove this, usually you need to call in an expert witness.

    Finally, you need to prove that the mistake led to harm. For this, you need to prove that there was an injury to the baby. In order to satisfy this step, you need to have a lot of documentation.

    Birth Injury Malpractice Lawyers

    Panter Law has a team of accomplished birth injury attorneys on staff who are ready to help you with your case. If you think that you have a case, call us. Keep in mind that Florida has a birth injury statute of limitations, which means that you have a limited amount of time where you can present your case.

    The team at Panter Law understands what you have been through. We have already helped many people throughout the state of Florida. Your case could be the next successful one. Give us a call today.

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    Our firm won a verdict in excess of $13 million against Alamo Rent-A-Car. The verdict was upheld by the Florida Supreme Court.

    Our law firm represented the families of three British sailors and obtained a verdict of $7.7 million.

    Our firm represented a Haitian student permanently injured as a result of the negligence of an individual driving a rental vehicle, resulting in a jury verdict of $3.2 million.

    We represented a husband and father killed in a rear-end automobile collision. Our firm filed suit against the Florida Department of Transportation and others for negligence related to roadway design and inadequate lighting.

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