Development Delay as a Result of Birth Injury
Any significant delay with a child achieving certain milestones in normal development such as walking, talking, etc., may be characterized as developmental delay. Such delays are often the result of some problems or complications during the delivery of the baby; although when a child reaches certain milestones and then regresses in development and loses certain abilities, the cause is usually some type of metabolic or inborn error of metabolism.
Many pediatricians will downplay and seek to reassure parents about any delay in a child reaching certain normal milestones, since some children may progress more slowly than others, but they eventually catch up. However, developmental delay is often the result of some degree of hypoxia or trauma to the brain during delivery, even if the baby appears to be healthy and normal in the hours after birth. Such children require detailed neurologic evaluation to determine the nature and extent of any brain injury, which can appear to be more subtle since early intervention with stimulation and therapy can improve the child’s overall brain function.
Brain injury during birth is usually the result of a restriction of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. Blood or oxygen flow to the baby during birth is critical and there is no room for error. With today’s fetal heart rate monitors and highly sophisticated medical equipment, there is no reason for these injuries to occur.
If your child suffers from developmental delay that you think may have been caused by a birth injury, it is important that you contact a knowledgeable and experienced medical malpractice attorney who will thoroughly review the medical records and determine where and when the injury took place and who was at fault.
Thering has represented families whose loved ones have suffered birth injuries as the result of a doctor’s or hospital’s negligence. With his help, many of these families have won multi-million dollar awards so that their children can be cared for properly and receive the help they need. There are time limits, so we encourage you to contact Thering, PLLC at 866-996-7123 for a free consultation as soon as possible to discuss your case.