Children in the State of Wyoming are all too often harmed by the medical malpractice of a doctor or other medical professional. These injuries can range from minor harm to severe and long-lasting injuries. In either case, the costs of this medical malpractice can be high, both financially and in terms of the pain and suffering caused to the child and his or her parents. When a doctor's negligence is to blame for the harm caused to your child, you are entitled to financial compensation for those injuries that can help put your life back on track.
If your newborn child has been harmed by medical malpractice, the highly experienced attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian are here to fight for you. You do not have to be alone in dealing with all you face.
Types of Birth Injuries in Wyoming
In the State of Wyoming and throughout the rest of the United States, birth injuries occur at an alarming rate. This rate is often higher than most people might think. Up to around 7 out of every 1,000 babies are born with a birth injury every year. This adds up to around 28,000 newborns who are harmed each year. These high numbers demonstrate the significant issue parents face when their child is harmed, but also shows that you are not alone.
Injuries during "birth" are caused at one of two different times. It can first occur during pregnancy before the child is even born. The second time occurs during the actual labor and delivery of the child. In both circumstances, the harm your child and you can suffer may be extreme, and when you are injured you are entitled to financial compensation.
Medical Malpractice During Pregnancy
Medical malpractice that occurs during a woman's pregnancy can cause debilitating and permanent injuries to the unborn child. While this occurs less frequently than injuries during labor or delivery, it still occurs at too high a rate. Doctors who fail to follow the standard of care for the treatment of pregnant mothers should be held responsible for their malpractice.
Common causes of injuries during the pregnancy include but are not limited to:
- Use of dangerous prescription drugs prescribed by the doctor
- Failure to diagnose genetic risks or diseases
- Medical negligence during in utero medical procedures.
Malpractice During Labor or Delivery
During the delivery of your newborn baby, a lot can still go wrong if the doctor or other medical staff does not follow the proper standard of medical care. Improper use of medical procedures can result in:
- broken bones;
- oxygen deprivation;
- spinal injuries; or
- fetal stress.
At Gilman & Bedigian, we specialize in winning financial compensation for our clients who have suffered at the hands of a negligent doctor. In one case, we represented the family of a boy born with cerebral palsy due to the doctor's negligent decision to delay a C-section. The young child lost his oxygen supply and was left with physical and mental disabilities. With the help of our attorneys, the family sued John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and won a Maryland record $55 million medical malpractice verdict.
Examples of Birth Injuries in Wyoming
While there is an untold number of birth injuries that can be caused by a doctor's medical negligence, some of the most common are listed below:
- Brain bleeding: damage to the soft tissue of the brain causing bleeding
- Detached placenta: a placenta that has come loose from the uterine wall
- Pediatric Hydrocephalus: a buildup of pressure in the brain due to accumulation of fluid
- Cephalohematoma: a collection of blood underneath the protective membrane covering an infant's skull
- Shoulder dystocia: baby's shoulders become stuck in the pelvic area of the mother
- Infant Anoxia/Hypoxia: a loss of oxygen to the baby during labor or delivery
- Klumpke's Palsy: a condition caused by damage to the lower 2 of 5 nerves of brachial plexus
- Cerebral palsy: a condition caused by brain damage during childbirth
- Brachial Plexus: damage to the nerves that connect the spinal cord to the baby's hands and arms
- Bone injuries: broken, fractured, or bruised bones often caused during labor or delivery
These injuries are often caused by:
- improper use of medical equipment;
- oxygen deprivation to the baby;
- failing to handle umbilical cord entanglement; or
- failing to recognize signs of fetal distress.
Types of Wyoming Financial Compensation You Can Win
After you and your baby suffer harm as a result of medical negligence, you are entitled to receive financial compensation for those injuries. Compensation may take any of the following forms but is not necessarily limited to these:
- medical bills
- future medical expenses
- pain and suffering
- lost earning capacity
- loss of consortium.
Receiving this compensation can help you to get your life back on track, and recover from the injuries to you and your child.
Statute of Limitations in Wyoming Birth Injury Cases
Under Wyoming law, there is a 2-year statute of limitations period for all medical malpractice claims, including those for birth injuries. This period begins to run on the date the injury is caused through the malpractice. Failure to file by the statute of limitations can result in dismissal of your case, even if you otherwise may have won significant financial compensation.
For those who are under the age of 18, the statute of limitations is tolled or paused until the child reaches his or her 18th birthday. As soon as the child reaches his or her 18th birthday, the 2-year statute of limitations period begins to run on his or her claim.
However, this does not mean that the parents' claims for medical malpractice related to the birth injuries are tolled. The parents' claims must be filed within the applicable statute of limitations period or the case will likely be dismissed. To avoid this potential problem, contact an experienced Wyoming birth injury lawyer as soon as you become aware of a problem or potential problem.
Compassionate Birth Injury Attorneys Representing Wyoming
Contact Gilman & Bedigian online to get started on your case if you or a loved one has been hurt by a birth injury in Wyoming.