Is medical malpractice the cause of my child’s developmental delays?

When a child first comes into this world, he or she has to learn a whole lot of things, like communicating, eating, walking, smiling and so on. Usually, we expect our children will  learn these skills at various points of their growth or development.  

But what if they don’t? 

Signs of developmental delays could be problems with movement, language, or thought—for example, not reacting to loud noises or struggling to reach and grasp toys. If your child has trouble with these or can't do them at the time she should be able to, talk to her doctor about it. Keep a record of your child’s development progress and what he or she struggles with. Take videos and pictures—it will help you remember everything and give the best information to your doctor.

These types of delays could be a sign that something went wrong before, during or shortly after  birth. Unfortunately, if the baby was born with an infection or there was delay in delivering the baby, it could have caused a lack of oxygen for the baby and the child’s brain could have been damaged. This could be a cause of  the child’s developmental delays and should be investigated to make sure the hospital, doctors and nurses caring for mom and baby followed the rules of good patient care. If an infection wasn’t detected in time or the nurses didn’t take the necessary steps during a complication when the mother was in labor, then medical malpractice could be the cause of the child’s developmental delays.

If you suspect your child was injured before or during the time of birth, take action. Call us at (202) 393-3320 to talk to us about your child’s needs. Even if medical malpractice may not be the cause of your child’s development delays, we can give you information and connect you to resources that can help your child.