Billings Birth Injury Attorney Helping Families Throughout Montana and Wyoming
There is nothing quite like the joy of welcoming a new baby into your family. When that precious infant suffers a birth injury as the result of a medical error committed by the doctor, nurses, pharmacist and/or other medical personnel at the hospital, there is nothing like the despair a new parent feels. You worry about how you will be able to afford to properly care for your disabled child, and whether you will be able to gather the financial and emotional resources you will need to care for your son or daughter. If your child has been injured as the result of medical negligence before, during, or after delivery, you are entitled to seek compensation for your child to help them live their best life possible following the injury. While a Billings birth injury lawyer is in the best position to advise you on the recovery your child is entitled to, the following background information is useful when seeking legal counsel.
Injuries to Infants During Birth
A birth injury usually occurs when the newborn suffers from some form of trauma during the childbirth process itself. In many cases, the child suffers oxygen deprivation, occurring from:
- The failure to properly monitor the fetus for signs of distress
- The failure to timely deliver via Caesarean section when warranted
- Pulling or twisting the baby’s head during delivery
- Damaging the infant through the use of forceps or vacuums during delivery
In other instances, an infant suffers injury as a result of improper medications or incorrect doses of medicines being administered during pregnancy or labor. Birth injuries can also occur when the physician and other medical providers fail to timely react to and treat the baby following a trauma or other injurious occurrence in the delivery room.
If you suspect your child has sustained an injury during delivery, we encourage you to reach out to a Billings birth injury lawyer at our firm.
Billings Birth Injury Attorney Shares the Long-Term Effects of Birth Injuries
Some injuries are apparent when they occur and others are not diagnosed until the child manifests symptoms as an older baby or toddler, reflected in a failure to meet certain developmental milestones. Often, severe birth injuries can cause cerebral palsy or Erb’s palsy, as well as other conditions that can stay with the child for his or her entire lifetime. Birth injuries can result in all kinds of health issues — both physical and behavioral — including:
- Neurological disorders
- Orthopedic issues
- Respiratory conditions
- Speech delays and/or other kinds of language disorders
- Issues with sensory processing
- Learning disabilities
- Problems with hearing and vision
- Chronic pain
- Emotional issues
- Skin disorders and diseases
How a Billings Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
If your child was injured before, during, or after birth as part of the delivery process, you may have a claim for birth injury damages against the doctor, the hospital, drug companies, and/or pharmacist. Contacting an experienced Billings birth injury attorney as soon as you become aware of a problem is very important. There are statutory deadlines for seeking relief and the failure to file a lawsuit timely could bar recovery.
Contact Us to Speak With a Billings Birth Injury Attorney
To speak with a Ragain & Clark, PC birth injury lawyer about pursuing a claim in Montana or Wyoming, contact us online. Initial consultations are free. To call our offices directly, call:
Billings Office: 406-651-8888
Worland Office: 307-388-6400