Articles Posted in Birth Injury

A Florida grandmother has filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, the manufacturer of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft, claiming that her grandchild suffered serious heart defects because her daughter took the drug during her pregnancy in 2008.

The grandmother filed her lawsuit on November 28, 2012 at the United States’ District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Pensacola). She alleges that Pfizer failed to adequately warn about potential harmful side effects of Zoloft if taken during pregnancy.

The infant was rushed to intensive care immediately after birth when it was determined the child was born with Supraventricular Tachycardia, a condition in which the heart’s electrical system does not work correctly and leads to elevated heart rates. The suit claims that the child requires constant monitoring.
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A recent study released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to an alarming spike in the rate of severe complications for women during and after childbirth. The study shows that in the decade that ended in 2009, cardiac arrest, respiratory distress, and kidney failure incidents during delivery rose by an astounding 75 percent. Over the same time period, severe post-delivery complications more than doubled.

The birth lawyers in Jacksonville at Farah & Farah have learned that severe complications during and after childbirth affect nearly 52,000 women a year and obstetrics-related complications account for some $17.4 billion in hospital costs annually. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), obstetrics can account for 25 percent or more of what a hospital pays out in malpractice suits.

The reasons for this shocking spike are varied. Mothers are getting older and many are obese. Some suffer from chronic health problems.

Alarmingly, Caesarian-section delivery rates have risen 60 percent since 1996. This rise in C-sections has seen a corresponding rise in a condition called placenta accreta, in which the placenta grows into the uterine wall through a surgical scar. This can result in severe hemorrhaging after delivery.
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The city of Palatka rests in the county seat of Putnam County, Florida and currently approximates a population of 10,796 – a significant rise in births since the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2000 count. Many attractions involve Palatka residents, including a bluegrass music festival that occurs biannually, and Ravine Gardens State Park, which students of nearby St. Johns River Community College can visit to enjoy the scenery or study at. With two available Amtrak services and a local public-use airport to accommodate residential travel, the population of Palatka is an educated, busy city that continues to grow. However, from time to time, an accident can occur, such as birth injury or hospital malpractice, and these traumatic incidents can permanently affect the well-being of an individual or a family.

Birth injury will devastate a significant number of families each year, with an estimated six to eight newborns out of 1,000 having difficulty during the birthing procedure and suffering an injury. A certified physician has the responsibility to provide adequate and proper care for a patient about to give birth, including accurate diagnosis, identifying a future child at risk of stroke, and taking measures to prevent premature birth.
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The city of Gainesville, Florida, is the largest in Alachua County with an estimated population of 114,375 and also is home to one of the biggest national universities, the University of Florida. Gainesville scenery is highly regarded, according to the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked and Rated, which named it the #1 place to live, and National Geographic Adventure noted it as one of the “best places to live and play.” As a top city and an education landmark, the Gainesville community may be publicly regarded as a safe environment. However, from time to time, incidents of hospital malpractice in Gainesville take place in which birth injury may be a result.

A birth injury is one of the most grief sustaining incidents that no family should every have to experience, especially when a family is under the impression that they can trust professional medical staff to provide adequate hospital care. When a hospital official, physician, or nurse practitioner fails to handle a critical birthing situation, the newly born baby may sustain serious health problems, mental defects, physical disfigurement, or even death under the most traumatic circumstances. In addition to the baby potentially suffering from medical negligence, the mother may also endure serious harm as well. In such conditions of suffering from the improper care of a negligent professional, a family may want to seek the help of a skilled Gainesville birth injury lawyer to find out their legal rights and possible options for compensation.
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Spanning an estimated 22 square miles, with an approximate population of 21,673, Jacksonville Beach is considered the largest town in the northern Florida cluster of San Pablo Island’s suburban communities. Jacksonville Beach, or “Jax Beach”, if you’re a local, is a busy city with a full schedule of events for its residents and many tourists. Familiar activities include food festivals, live music at night, and a Winter Beach Run that registers over one thousand participating athletes. With its developing population and as a noted travel spot, many Jacksonville Beach residents and visitors do not want to admit that incidents of hospital malpractice and birth injury take place from time to time.

Birth injury can affect families in devastating ways. Not only can the emotional challenges of a birth injury be traumatic but such forms of medical malpractice may also cause financial strain. When a medical professional fails to uphold their responsibility to provide professional care, a family may qualify to seek compensation from negligent parties. An experienced Jacksonville Beach birth injury attorney can assist a family in making a full recovery from incidents of hospital recklessness.
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