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Did Your Child Suffer A Birth Injury? Count On Us For Compassionate Yet Aggressive Representation.

The birth of a baby is supposed to be a joyous event. But when something goes wrong just prior to or during delivery, the result can be a nightmare. The health of both the baby and the mother may be jeopardized.

If your child suffered birth injuries or you were seriously injured while giving birth, physician or hospital negligence may have been a factor. To better understand your legal options, discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney like ours at Johnson, Mulholland, Cochrane, Cochrane, Yung & Engler, P.L.C..

Our firm, with offices in Fort Dodge and Gowrie, has been serving clients throughout the surrounding areas of Iowa for more than 70 years. We have the knowledge, experience and resources to help you effectively litigate a medical malpractice claim.

Common Birth Injuries And Potential Causes

Not all birth injuries are attributable to negligence. However, it is a good idea to discuss your concerns with an attorney if your baby suffers from any of the following and you suspect that negligence may have been a factor:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb’s palsy (impacting the brachial plexus)
  • Brain damage caused by lack of oxygen, perhaps due to a delayed C-section
  • Brain bleeding or cephalohematoma
  • Paralysis of the face or any limbs
  • Spinal cord injuries, often tied to the aggressive use of forceps during delivery

When a doctor’s actions or inaction leads to a birth injury, you may have an actionable malpractice claim. Common issues leading to birth injuries include:

  • Failure to monitor the mother or baby for signs of distress
  • Failure to recognize and respond to dangerous conditions like preeclampsia.
  • Overly aggressive delivery techniques and misuse of vacuum extractors, forceps and other tools
  • Unnecessary delay in ordering a cesarian section

Most clients who come to us don’t know whether they have a case, and that’s understandable. We offer free initial consultations so that you can tell us your story and learn about your options with no cost or obligation.

How Are Birth Injuries Treated?

The treatment for birth injuries depends largely on the type and severity of the injury itself – but early intervention is key to minimizing the long-term consequences.

Whether a child suffers from a brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy, facial nerve injuries or some other injury acquired at birth, treatment may include a combination of medications, physical therapy and surgeries to repair damaged nerves or muscular-skeletal issues.

In many cases, babies injured during birth spend extensive time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), and many may require long-term home medical services. Some infants will never fully recover from their birth injuries, despite even the best treatment.

What Are The Long-Term Costs And Care Considerations For A Child With A Birth Injury?

Children with birth injuries may need long-term care and treatment at various stages of their development or for the rest of their lives. These can include:

  • Physical therapy to help them gain flexibility and strength in the affected limbs
  • Occupational therapy to help with fine motor skills
  • Hearing and visual aids
  • Tutoring for developmental delays
  • Additional surgeries, as they age and their bodies grow, to correct ongoing problems
  • Home health equipment and mobility aids, such as walkers and wheelchairs

In addition, both the parents and children may suffer psychological distress over a birth injury. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be common for mothers, and the children may also develop emotional problems related to their limitations.

In any case, both the short-term and long-term medical care and services required to treat birth injuries can be prohibitively expensive, and not everything is covered by insurance. That is one of the many reasons it is so important to seek answers to your birth injury legal questions from an experienced Fort Dodge birth injury lawyer. The compensation you recover from a medical malpractice claim can help cover the costs and be key to making certain that your child has the services they deserve.

The Benefits Of Hiring An Experienced Birth Injury Attorney In Fort Dodge

Our lawyers can help you understand your legal options, but that’s just the beginning. When we represent you, we will carefully calculate the full costs of your child’s injuries and seek compensation through a negotiated settlement or jury trial.

While your case progresses, our team will also help you coordinate important services and seek coverage for necessary medical treatments and expenses, physical therapy and emotional therapy. If your child is of school age and has special needs due to their birth injuries, we can also help you seek education assistance. We understand how difficult this journey has been for your whole family, and we want to ease your personal, financial and legal burdens.

Discuss Your Case With Attentive And Caring Attorneys For Free

Founded in 1950 as The Johnson Law Firm, our practice has been serving clients in Webster County and surrounding areas of Iowa for more than 70 years.

To take advantage of a free initial consultation, contact us online or call us in Fort Dodge at 515-639-3124 or our Gowrie office at 515-346-6346.