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Because children develop at different rates and every child has a different genetic makeup, how a particular injury will manifest in your child cannot always be determined, nor can many injuries be fully diagnosed until the child is a few years old.
NICA is a statutory organization that manages the Florida Birth Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan (“Plan”). The Plan is a no-fault compensation program designed to compensate infants who suffered catastrophic injuries during the birth process.
Medical malpractice – or medical negligence – may be committed by many different types of healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, administrators, and other health providers who care for patients on a daily basis.
Although many common maternal delivery injuries stem from undiagnosed illnesses during pregnancy—such as pre-eclampsia, diabetes, and infection—physician negligence during delivery can have serious consequences for both mom and baby.
However, just because your loved one underwent a high-risk procedure that ultimately resulted in his or her death, does not excuse a surgeon, surgical team, or medical facility from medical malpractice and wrongful death liability.
In fact, according to a recent national report prepared by the Institute of Medicine, between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths occur in the United States each year as a result of medical errors in hospitals alone.
The damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits may be high when patients have been left permanently disabled. The costs of providing medical care for years or even decades can be prohibitive.
Although many common maternal delivery injuries can stem from undiagnosed illnesses during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, diabetes, and infection, physician negligence during delivery can have serious consequences for both mom and baby.
Misdiagnosis does not only cause medical injuries. Dentists, mental health professionals, and other licensed care providers are also legally responsible for meeting a standard of care when treating their patients.
This bill is designed to limit the amount of compensation that families can sue for in a medical malpractice case when their loved one has been killed or severely damaged by a hospital, healthcare facility, or nursing home.
The World Health Organization has actually created a checklist for surgeons in order to prevent such errors, as it estimates that in the United States alone, surgeons operate on 200-300 wrong patients each year.
Mistakes happen to all of us, but when doctors make mistakes during labor, the consequences for your family can last forever. Cerebral palsy will very likely require lifelong medical and social interventions for your child.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 750,000 people in the United States pick up an infection when receiving medical care, and about 10 percent of them die as a result.
The majority of patients have as smooth of an experience that our healthcare system will allow. However, some patients do not have as much luck. Instead, they suffer from serious medical complications, some even death, caused by none other than the medical professionals in which they confide.