Timely delivery of a newborn (either vaginal or cesarean section delivery) is crucial. When you fail to timely deliver the baby, the baby may suffer anoxia (a total lack of oxygen) or hypoxia (a decreased amount of oxygen). If the baby does not have sufficient oxygen going to the brain, they may suffer significant and permanent brain damage; it all depends upon how much oxygen the baby’s brain was deprived of. If, during the course of the baby’s early life, you notice that there are developmental delays or that the baby is not meeting its milestones, you should ask your pediatrician for a neurological evaluation to find out if a brain injury is causing the developmental delays.
EXAMPLES OF DEVELOPMENTAL DELAYS INCLUDE:
- Failure to walk at the appropriate age
- Failure to develop speech skills at an appropriate age
- Inability to grip utensils
- Behavioral issues
There may be evidence to support the claim that the baby did not have sufficient oxygen at the time of birth, or suffered from a condition known as fetal distress (the baby was in trouble during labor or even during delivery). The only way to know whether something happened during your delivery and caused your child’s developmental issues is to have the records evaluated by an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
If your baby is missing developmental milestones and you believe a delayed delivery or c-section might be the cause, please contact our office and speak with a member of the firm. The applicable statute of limitations is likely already running, so timing can be critically important to your case. Contact us today for a free, no obligation, confidential legal consultation.
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