Infant Wrongful Death
While no sum of money can make up for the loss of a child due to medical malpractice, our Tampa attorneys can help parents obtain compensation for their losses and a semblance of comfort during a time of profound sadness. Read on to learn more.
Infant Wrongful Death and Medical MalpracticeThe death of a newborn child it is difficult to imagine anything more heartbreaking, more tragic, and more devastating. Parents filled with anticipation and hope for their new family are left in shock as what was to have been a joyous time turns into a time of grief and mourning. The death of an infant, either while in the womb, during labor, or shortly after delivery, can also leave parents with questions as to how and why such a tragedy occurred.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 23,161 infant deaths in the U.S. in 2016, amounting to approximately 587 deaths per 100,000 live births. Not everything that goes wrong in a delivery room is the result of mistakes by doctors and other healthcare professionals. Sometimes, however, the factors that lead to a young child's death are avoidable and the result of errors or misjudgments made by obstetricians, nurses, or other delivery room staff. When that happens, parents deserve answers and justice. While no sum of money can make up for the loss of a child, the Tampa medical malpractice attorneys at Alley, Clark & Greiwe can help parents obtain compensation for their losses and a semblance of comfort during a time of profound sadness.
What is Infant Wrongful Death?An infant*s death is "wrongful" as that term is used in the law when the baby's death was the fault of someone acting negligently or carelessly. When medical professionals fail to use the judgment, make the decisions, and follow the appropriate standard of care necessary to prevent harm to the child and the child dies as a result, the parents can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible.
In an infant wrongful death suit, the parents can seek to recover damages for the quantifiable, monetary losses they've incurred such as hospital, medical, and funeral expenses, as well as for the emotional and psychological pain and suffering that is an inevitable result of such a horrible tragedy.
Common Causes of Infant Wrongful DeathPregnancy, labor, and delivery always contain some degree of risk. A wide range of problems can lead to birth injuries or put the lives of the mother and child in jeopardy. One of the most common dangers to the life of a newborn is oxygen deprivation. Anoxia is the medical term for a complete lack of oxygen, while hypoxia refers to an insufficient supply of oxygen). Babies in the womb receive oxygenated blood from the mother through the placenta and umbilical cord. When a problem with the delivery of oxygen to the child's brain occurs, brain cells will begin to die within minutes. After five minutes, death can result.
Babies can also die as a result of traumatic injury during childbirth. Such trauma can be due to a misuse of instruments, failing to recognize the signs of a problematic delivery such as a breech birth, and failing to respond appropriately or quickly enough.
There are a number of errors by doctors and delivery room personnel that can lead to the wrongful death of an infant, including:
* Failure to recognize and address fetal distress
* Failure to recognize and treat preeclampsia
* Fetal heart rate monitoring mistakes
* Labor induction and Pitocin errors
* Failure to perform an emergency C-section
* Misuse of forceps
* Improper use of vacuum extractor
* Failure to treat meningitis
* Negligent prescription or administration of medication
* Failure to prevent and address neonatal and postnatal infections
* Failure to address prolonged labor
Contact Our Tampa Medical Malpractice Attorneys TodayIf you are grieving over the loss of your infant and have questions about how and why such a tragedy happened, please call experienced and compassionate infant wrongful death lawyers today. We are Board-certified trial attorneys and have been recognized by the legal community for their experience and knowledge in litigating claims for individuals and families who have been victims of serious medical errors. Please call us at (800) 840-0977 or contact us online to arrange for your free case evaluation.