Developmental Delays from Birth Injuries
In the months after a baby is born, there are several skills that they are expected to develop over time. These skills are known as “developmental skills,” and include different physical, mental, and social abilities such as responding to their names, lifting their heads on their own, and learning how to form sentences. There are some children, however, who may experience developmental delays, as they do not show evidence of obtaining these skills and abilities at the expected time. Some developmental delays can be caused by injuries during childbirth. These problems can arise during the labor and delivery process or even early on during pregnancy. Here, the medical malpractice attorneys at the Law Office of Evan. K. Thalenberg discuss the potential occurrence of developmental delays from birth injuries as well as how a medical malpractice attorney can provide you with assistance to fight for compensation and justice for your child.
Oxygen Deprivation Can be a Common Cause of Birth Defects
A common incident of medical neglect during birth is oxygen deprivation, also known as birth asphyxia. If a baby is deprived of oxygen for even just a brief moment during birth, their brain cells can begin to die and destroy their brain tissue. Birth asphyxia can potentially cause babies to be born with HIE, or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, which can eventually lead to cerebral palsy. HIE is generally diagnosed right after the baby’s birth, while cerebral palsy is not diagnosable until later in life when a child has missed further developmental milestones.
What Are the Major Developmental Milestones?
As a baby begins to grow and mature, there are several developmental milestones that both parents and doctors should be aware of regarding whether or not their baby is meeting those milestones by the appropriate age. For example, from the time they are born to three months of age, babies should be able to bring their hands to their mouth and recognize familiar objects and faces; from four to seven months, babies should be able to transfer objects from one hand to another and attempt to grab objects out of their reach; from eight to twelve months, babies should be able to crawl on their bellies. In addition to these milestones, there are many more physical, mental, and social abilities that babies are expected to reach by certain ages. If you begin to notice any possible delays, contact your pediatrician immediately, as discovering developmental milestones earlier on can allow for the care and treatment of any possible underlying conditions. Therapy is a common treatment for children with developmental delays, with different therapy options depending on the particular area in which the child may be falling behind. In some cases, however, if the root cause of the developmental delay is a more serious underlying condition, such as cerebral palsy, surgery, medications or other treatments may be necessary.
Receiving Compensation for the Costs of Care for a Child With Developmental Delays
Medical professionals are required by law to provide adequate standard of care for their patients, and if they fail to do so, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If their medical mistakes or lack of care resulted in a birth injury to your child, which therefore caused developmental delays, you may be able to file a claim for medical malpractice. Caring for a child with developmental delays caused by a birth injury can become quite expensive, so receiving compensation from a medical malpractice lawsuit can be beneficial. This compensation could help cover past treatments, surgeries, and medications, as well as any future expenses. In order to prove medical malpractice, you will need to prove that the medical professional involved was negligent or did not live up to the standard of care, whether it be the doctor, nurse, or even the hospital where your baby was born. Seeking the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you prove their negligence and work towards receiving financial compensation.
Find Support & Guidance from a Medical Malpractice Attorney at the Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg
Caring for a child with developmental delays can already be a trying experience for any parent. At the Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg, we recognize the difficulties that these families face and are committed to fighting for the justice they deserve. If your child was harmed by poor medical care and has suffered developmental delays from a birth related injury, our team of knowledgeable and trustworthy medical malpractice attorneys are ready and willing to support you with your case. To schedule a consultation and speak with a member of our team, contact us today by visiting our website or calling (410) 625-9100.