Can I Sue for Umbilical Cord Complications in Florida?

If your baby suffers umbilical cord complications during pregnancy, it can become more challenging to deliver a baby safely. However, when medical professionals detect issues with your baby’s umbilical cord in advance, they can prevent most injuries. If your baby experiences injuries during or after birth because of an umbilical cord complication, you may have grounds for a lawsuit.

At The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we strive to seek justice on behalf of injured victims and their families. If your child has suffered injuries from a preventable umbilical cord complication, a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer from our team can help you sue the liable party. Birth injuries can have lasting physical and emotional side effects, and it’s important to obtain compensation for treatment.

Types of Umbilical Cord Complications

There are many types of umbilical cord complications that can occur. When the umbilical cord gets wrapped around the baby’s neck, it’s called a nuchal cord. Nearly 25 percent of newborns experience this complication, but the nuchal cord rarely causes injuries. Other umbilical cord complications include:

  • Having one umbilical cord artery instead of three
  • Knots in the umbilical cord
  • Cysts on the umbilical cord
  • Umbilical cord prolapse: When the umbilical cord slips into the birth canal before the baby does
  • Vasa previa: When fetal blood vessels rupture, which robs the fetus of oxygen and nutrients

Who Can be Held Liable for Umbilical Cord Complications?

It’s your doctor’s responsibility to exercise due care when treating you and your baby during pregnancy. To determine whether your doctor is liable for your baby’s umbilical cord complications, your lawyer will investigate and assess what exactly went wrong during delivery. If you can prove it that your doctor overlooked blatant signs of fetal distress, you can sue them for medical malpractice.

Reach Out to a West Palm Beach Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you aren’t sure whether your child’s umbilical cord complications qualifies for a settlement, you can reach out to an experienced attorney to discuss your case in greater detail. To speak with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, fill out the contact form below or call 561-659-6366 to schedule a free consultation.