Millions of babies are born each year in the United States. Most of those births go according to plan, and no problems occur. However, with such a large number of births, some accidents, mistakes and negligence are bound to happen.
According to one study, the rate of live births that resulted in trauma to infants was 1.9 per 1,000 in the United States in 2012, which is the last year for which data was available. That’s 19 out of 1,000 births. Any kind of birth injury can potentially have a long-lasting and devastating impact on a child’s life, development and future health.
One such condition that can result from birth injury or trauma is called an intracranial hemorrhage – commonly known as a “brain bleed.” The condition refers to bleeding inside an infant’s brain or skull. The severity of this bleed can range from minor to extremely serious, and it can be a life-threatening emergency. The bleeding can be caused by lack of oxygen around the time of birth or by trauma caused by the medical staff using too much force on the baby’s head during delivery. When misused, medical tools like forceps and vacuum extractors can contribute to this kind of trauma during the birthing process.
If your child has suffered or died from birth injuries like intracranial hemorrhage, the last thing your heartbroken family may want to think about is money. However, it’s vital that you exercise your rights and speak to an experienced Jacksonville attorney who can help fight for your family to get as much financial compensation as possible under Florida law. It won’t necessarily lessen the emotional toll, but it may at least relieve the burden of your expenses.