In Great Falls, Montana, the birth injury attorneys of Kovacich Snipes Johnson, P.C. have been fighting for over 30 years to help parents of children injured at birth. Our Montana birth injury lawyers have experience understanding medical records, getting qualified expert testimony, and helping parents find answers after their child has suffered a birth injury. If your child suffered a birth injury, we are here to help you get the compensation you need to give your child the best possible outcome moving forward.
How Do You Define a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is an injury suffered by a child in the process of birth. This is separate from a birth defect. Birth defects develop in the womb, though they may escape detection until birth. A birth injury may occur as a natural part of the birth process for babies experiencing a difficult delivery, but most often the doctor or other medical staff cause the injuries by improper actions.
What Kinds of Birth Injuries Can Babies Suffer?
Birth injuries happen with unfortunate frequency. In every case, having another doctor look over your child’s injuries can help determine what the cause of the injury was.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that cerebral palsy, one of the most severe forms of birth injuries, is the most common motor disability children experience. Cerebral palsy has lifelong consequences for children. There are several ways a child can incur cerebral palsy. One way is through a prolonged lack of oxygen during birth. The condition results in brain damage for the child, causing difficulties, especially with motor control.
Broken bones can occur during birth when a doctor is too forceful in the use of forceps or other birthing tools. Babies’ bones are very small, and too much force can easily fracture the bones, including the bones of the skull.
Who Is Liable for a Birth Injury?
If doctors or other medical personnel were negligent in the birthing process, they are liable for the injuries caused by their negligence. It often requires consultation with specialists to determine what caused your child’s injuries and who may be liable for the problem. Your attorney will help you determine who is liable in your situation to seek compensation from the proper parties.
What Damages Can Be Recovered?
If a medical provider’s negligence resulted in injury to your child at birth, you can seek compensation for the damages you and your child suffered because of the negligence.
You need compensation for the expense of medical treatment for your child’s injuries. Injuries at birth can often have lifelong consequences and a child may require specialized care for the rest of his or her life. Ensuring that care is paid for is important for you and your child.
You may also seek compensation for lost wages due to time you must miss work to care for your child’s injuries.
You can seek compensation for your child’s pain and suffering as well as the emotional pain and suffering that result from the injuries. While no amount of money can take away the pain of a helpless baby, you can seek compensation from the person or people who caused your child’s pain.
Call Kovacich Snipes Johnson, P.C. for a Free Consultation
If what should have been the most joyous day of your life became a cause for pain and sorrow, call Kovacich Snipes Johnson, P.C. to arrange a free consultation. Your birth injury attorney will listen to your story and help you get the compensation your child needs to ensure he or she receives the proper care for the birth injury. Our injury attorneys will fight to get you the maximum compensation possible, so you can focus on caring for your child instead of worrying about how to pay for care.