Developmental Milestones and Developmental Delays in Children

Every child is unique and develops at different rates. However, there are a set of skills or age-specific tasks that most children can do at a certain age range. These are called developmental milestones. For example, at around 6 months, your child is supposed to be able to sit without support and to start responding to sound. At around 9 months, your child should start learning how to crawl.

Here’s a useful checklist put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of developmental milestones your child should reach at the respective ages: click here

It is important to consistently check to see if your child meets these milestones in time because if your child doesn’t, it could be an indication of developmental delays.  And we have seen cases where developmental delays were caused by medical mistakes around the time of childbirth.   

For example, if there was lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain, the lack of oxygen could have damaged parts of the brain that controls the baby’s motor skills, which can cause delays in reaction time. If this lack of oxygen was caused during child birth because the hospital or doctors didn’t take the necessary measures to ensure a safe delivery of the child, that could be medical malpractice.

Remember, there are time limits that may apply.  If you wait too long, you can potentially lose the case without even being able to start the process of helping take care of your child and your family – here’s an example of Maryland’s medical malpractice limitations (and every state and D.C.’s is different).

If your child is experiencing developmental delays, and you suspect something went wrong with his medical care (or the prenatal care) you owe it to yourself and your child to investigate – at least to get more information.  Learn more about what medical malpractice is and what it means to your family by ordering Picking up the Pieces After Medical Malpractice: A Parent’s Guide. This free, no obligation guide should help. Order it online or call us at (202) 393-3320 today and we’ll send it to you.