Birth Complications in South Florida – Common Causes & Complex Cases

A recent study concluded that Florida hospitals charged an average of $27,377 for the delivery of a baby via a cesarean section troubled by a medical complication.

When a birth complication is due to medical malpractice, it takes an experienced attorney to ensure a family’s finances are not decimated by a negligent doctor or hospital.2dyV6GD

Gregg Hollander is an experienced Naples medical malpractice attorney with the knowledge and experience to handle complex litigation involving birth injuries.

The nationwide study of charges for giving birth was conducted by Childbirth Connection, a program of the National Partnership for Women & Families.

For Florida, the study charted a steady increase in average birth charges between 2008 and 2010, including the average charges for deliveries accompanied by medical complications. As indicated, the average cost of cesarean procedures with complications rose from $23,049 in 2008 to $27,377 in 2010.

Similarly, the cost of vaginal deliveries with complications rose from $12,494 to $14,625 over the same period.

By comparison, in 2008, the average cost of a vaginal delivery without medical complication in a Florida hospital was $9,547.

Nationwide, the data showed charges for complicated vaginal births has grown by 7 percent since 2009, with an average increase of $727. Likewise, the charges for complicated cesarean births have risen 5 percent since 2009, the average increase amounting to $972.

Overall, the nationwide data indicated that charges for complicated vaginal births are 32 percent higher than charges for vaginal births without complications, and the charges for complicated cesarean births are 36 percent higher than charges for cesarean births without complications.

When a birth complication is due to medical negligence, the increased medical bills are an element of damages that may be recovered in a lawsuit, in addition to damages for any actual injuries suffered by the mother and child.

In addition to such economic damages, Florida law authorizes the recovery of non-economic damages compensating an injured patient for pain and suffering.

It is estimated that between two and seven babies out of 1,000 will suffer some form of injury during birth.

Some of the most common types of birth injuries include:

• Cerebral Palsy due to oxygen deprivation during delivery

• Bleeding in the brain

• Fracture of the clavicle or collarbone during labor and delivery

• Caput Succedaneum, a severe swelling of the soft tissues of the baby’s scalp that develops as the baby travels through the birth canal

• Cephalohematoma, an injury that involves an area of bleeding underneath one of the baby’s cranial bones

• Subconjunctival Hemorrhage, or the breakage of small blood vessels in the eyes

• Forceps lacerations

• Brachial Palsy, which is caused by a problem delivering the baby’s shoulder and involves damage to the group of nerves serving the arms and hands

• Facial paralysis due to injury to a facial nerve during delivery

If you need an experienced Naples personal injury lawyer, contact The Hollander Law Firm today for a free consultation at 888.751.7777.