Billings, Montana, Birth Injury Lawyer

The birth of a child should be a joyous event. However, when medical negligence results in a birth injury, the event becomes clouded with fear and heartache. Although money cannot undo the harm you and your child have suffered, you may be entitled to compensation. At Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, PLLP, our attorneys are experienced in fighting for clients whose children have been the unfortunate victims of a birth injury.

Common Types Of Birth Injuries

If you face any type of birth injury due to a doctor's or hospital's negligence in Billings, we are here to assist with related legal issues. If a medical professional failed to identify or appropriately handle a complication during your pregnancy or birth, you may have a claim for a birth injury that resulted. There are certain birth injuries that occur more frequently than others. Common birth injuries include:

  • Erb's palsy: This injury involves the brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves near the neck that connects to the nerves from the shoulder to the fingers. Erb's palsy limits motion and weakens an infant's arm. It often results when a doctor stretches a baby's neck during a challenging delivery. This injury happens in one or two babies out of every 1,000.
  • Cerebral palsy: This category of birth injury covers a range of devastating situations. The most common and obvious symptoms of cerebral palsy include impaired movement and functions — such as seeing, hearing and thinking. The various symptoms are all the result of a brain injury. Oxygen deprivation is one of multiple causes of a brain injury that cause cerebral palsy. Children born with cerebral palsy often require extensive and ongoing intervention and resources.
  • Spina bifida: This is a congenital condition that occurs when the tissue that develops to form an infant's brain and spinal cord does not close properly. Spina bifida can result in a variety of symptoms, including weakness or paralysis of the legs and mental impairments. A professional can detect this condition by ultrasound, amniocentesis and testing the mother's blood. The failure of a medical professional to recognize spina bifida or to communicate its observation to the parents is often the basis of a birth injury lawsuit.
  • Brain damage: The most common causes of a newborn's brain damage are oxygen deprivation or insufficient blood flow. There are various ways that the flow of blood and oxygen to an infant's brain can be interrupted. Trauma during delivery and excessive medication to induce labor are two causes that can result from a physician's negligence and may form the basis for a lawsuit.

Aggressive Representation By An Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer

Parents of a child with a birth injury are left dealing with all sorts of issues they never anticipated. Adding a lawsuit to that list may seem like more than you can handle. That is why securing the assistance of an attorney at Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, PLLP, is your best option. We can handle all the legal obligations, so you can focus on the more important task at hand — caring for your child. Complete our online contact form or call us at 406-534-0288 or 800-838-3083 to schedule a free consultation.