Miami Infant Death Lawyers
We Can Fight for Your Rights While You Grieve
Losing a newborn child is heart-wrenching and will forever change your
life through grief. One of the few ways you might be able to find a sense
of closure that allows you to advance the grieving process is to file
a claim or lawsuit against the parties who caused your infant’s
death. In most cases, infant deaths are a consequence of a
birth injury caused by
medical malpractice, so it is likely that a medical professional will be the defendant in
To get all the legal counsel and representation you need during this difficult
time, come to Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A. in Miami.
We are known for being able to carefully handle sensitive cases and progress
them with care, so you don’t feel rushed with something so important.
At the same time, we can bring the fight to the opposition because we
know just what and who we are fighting for.
(305) 900-5493 to
schedule a free consultation with our firm.
Causes of Infant Death After Delivery
When an infant dies within 28 days of delivery – or about one month
– it is known as neonatal death. Because neonatal deaths should
practically never happen with appropriate medical care, most can be attributed
to medical malpractice or an underlying birth injury.
Common causes of neonatal or infant deaths after birth are:
Premature birth: Approximately 25% of all infant deaths are caused by complications with
premature birth. A child who is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy has
been born prematurely. The child will suffer an increased risk of numerous
health complications, so medical professionals need to pay heightened
attention to the child in the days and weeks after birth. A stay in the
NICU ward may be warranted to decrease the risk of sudden neonatal death.
Low birthweight: Newborns who are quite small might have underdeveloped internal organs,
even if they were carried through the full term of a typical pregnancy.
Any weight under 5 pounds and 8 ounces at birth is typically considered
underweight. If your child was born under this weight, then the medical
providers should have taken additional steps after delivery to ensure
your child stayed healthy. If they did not, and your child passed away,
it might be the medical provider’s fault through a failure to provide
Infant Death During Labor
Infant deaths do not always occur after delivery, though. Many happen during
labor. When an infant death happens during labor and when medical providers
are there to assist with the birth, it makes for a stronger birth injury
case to file against those medical providers.
Causes of infant death during labor can include:
Suffocation: If a child’s blood oxygen levels drop too low during labor, it can
cause fatal suffocation or asphyxia. This condition can be caused by the
umbilical cord strangling the newborn, blood toxicity caused by amniotic
sac complications, and so on.
Infection: A child may pass away during the stress of delivery if it was suffering
from an infection while still developing in the uterus. Obstetricians
must be careful to watch for any signs of infection in a pregnant mother
and take appropriate action.
Preeclampsia: A pregnant mother who is suffering from preeclampsia will have hypertension
or elevated blood pressure. Severe preeclampsia can cause various internal
organ failures, which may result in illnesses suffered by the unborn child.
During labor, the harm of preeclampsia can be exasperated as the mother
and her child both endure the stresses of the process.
Are Infant Deaths Preventable?
Of course, not all infant deaths are preventable because some happen without
warning and cannot be prevented with emergency medical care. But such
cases are rare. It is more common for there to be some sort of underlying
medical error that contributed to the infant’s death. Everything
from failing to diagnose a health issue while the mother was pregnant
to using the wrong medical instruments during delivery can be preventable
forms of medical negligence that might cause the death of a newborn.
Respectful Legal Counsel for Difficult Cases
Money cannot undo what happened, and it won’t erase any of the pain
you are feeling. However, receiving fair and maximized compensation from
the medical providers who caused the untimely death of your child can
help you find some peace of mind. It is also beneficial to know that your
bills will still be paid, even while you have to take months or more to grieve.
(305) 900-5493 to speak with a Miami infant death attorney from our firm whenever you
are ready. We are here to provide legal counsel and moral support in equal measure.