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July 2, 2014

I Think My Child Has a Birth Injury – What Do I Do?

If you suspect that your child may have suffered a birth injury, it can be an overwhelming and sad experience. Unfortunately, since so many parents are not aware of the symptoms that could indicate a birth injury, it can be all the more confusing and frustrating.

Many new parents are simply so excited about the arrival of their child that they may not be aware of an issue. While some birth injuries can be visible right away after the birth, others may not present until several months after the baby is born. Although only a qualified doctor can make a diagnosis, the following issues could indicate that your child was a victim of a birth injury.

Developmental Concerns

One of the biggest clues that your child had a birth injury is slow development or difficulty in reaching traditional milestones. Of course, every child may develop at their own unique rate, but being aware of general guidelines may suggest that your child is not progressing at the rate that he or she should be.

Some of these milestones include rolling over, crawling, walking, and vocalizing within certain age windows. You can speak to your pediatrician about appropriate times for your child to pass these milestones. If you noticed significant delays or a general delay in reaching many of these milestones, reach out to a medical professional to discuss a possible birth injury.

Abnormal Medical Events

Many children that have been the victim of a birth injury suffer from abnormal medical events. This can include body movements, tremors, seizures, or other spastic events. Of course, this does not mean that every child who experiences an abnormal medical event is the victim of a birth injury. Parents, however, can do their part by ensuring that all possible avenues are explored in the event of any of the above symptoms.

Your pediatrician can inform you about whether these issues are isolated events or whether they are connected to a possible birth injury. If you remember events from your delivery that could have influenced the overall health of the baby, share that information with your pediatrician as soon as possible.

What to Do When a Birth Injury is Probable

If you have spoken with a medical professional and determined that your child’s issues may be the result of a birth injury, you need legal representation. If medical negligence could have caused your child’s injuries, you may have grounds for a birth injury lawsuit. An Ada county birth injury attorney can help inform you about your rights and discuss the possibility for building a case of medical negligence.

As the parent of a child with a birth injury, your future may not be easy. You will likely face numerous challenges in raising your child along, including astronomical expenses for medical care and other special needs. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can fight for the compensation and damages you need to care for your child in the best way possible.

At the Rossman Law Group, we have the skills and expertise necessary to represent your birth injury case. Contact us today at (208) 331-2030 today to learn more.