Several different types of cognitive-developmental disabilities can result from birth injuries. These injuries can leave your baby with a lifetime of challenges. If the birth of your baby was complicated by an injury, we can help you gather the medical evidence you need to support a medical malpractice case.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529 for a free consultation. The lawyers on our team will help you determine liability against the health care professionals and any negligence or errors that may have contributed to your baby’s injuries.
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Lawsuits & Injury Cases
If your baby was injured during their delivery, you may have a medical malpractice claim against the doctors and other health care professionals who were present at your delivery.
If your doctor’s failure to uphold an acceptable standard of care caused or contributed to your infant’s cognitive developmental disabilities, you are entitled to file a lawsuit for recoverable damages. Your claim can include economic and noneconomic damages.
A birth injury lawyer can help you build a solid case and meet the filing deadlines for your state. Your lawyer will help you define your damages and hold the individuals and institution responsible for birth injuries to your child and for the care they need now and will need in the future.
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Types
Cognitive developmental disabilities due to birth injuries can take on a variety of forms. Your child might suffer from:
- Cerebral palsy
- Underdeveloped fine motor skills
- Late language development
- Impaired learning abilities
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyper Disorder)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Asperger’s syndrome
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Causes
Birth injuries can result from medical negligence or by your baby having been deprived of oxygen for as little as a single minute during their birth. They can also result from vacuum extractions, the use of forceps, or skull fractures during extremely difficult deliveries.
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Symptoms
Do you suspect your child of having suffered from cognitive developmental disabilities due to a birth injury? Some of the signs and symptoms you may notice are:
- Trouble crawling, walking, or sitting up
- Learning to talk later than other children
- Trouble with problem-solving or thinking logically
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Diagnosis and Treatment
The first step to getting the medical and therapeutic treatment your baby needs is a proper medical diagnosis. Your baby may need to undergo a series of cognitive tests and exams that may include IQ tests, infant developmental assessments, and tests for adaptive functions. Children with a cognitive-developmental disability will require medical, vision, hearing, blood, and other lab tests as well.
Treatment will vary according to their final diagnosis but will probably include physical therapy, chronic medical prescriptions, occupational therapy, and specialized educational therapy.
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries?
If your child has cognitive developmental disabilities due to birth injuries, you need to seek medical care to receive a proper diagnosis. You may notice your child is not progressing as quickly as other children. Toddlers and older children might have learning disabilities, display speech delays, or have social and communication issues.
Can Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Be Fatal?
Cognitive developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy are rarely fatal but might leave your child requiring a lifetime of specialized care. Their life expectancy can be determined by the quality of their treatment and their family’s financial ability to provide the best possible medical and therapeutic services.
Who Is Liable For Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries?
When you go to the hospital to deliver your baby, you are entitled to safe, medically responsible care. If your baby suffered a birth injury that resulted in a cognitive-developmental disability like cerebral palsy, we will help you hold your health care team and facility responsible for their role in your child’s injury.
If you did not receive the acceptable standard of care or a member of the hospital’s staff was negligent, we can help you recover economic and noneconomic damages. Our attorneys will help you compile the documentation, expert witnesses, and other evidence you need to file a medical malpractice claim.
What Is The Statute of Limitations For Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries?
The statute of limitations–the time you have from the time of the injury until you can no longer file a lawsuit-varies depending on the laws of your state.
In cases where a minor is the plaintiff in a lawsuit, the law allows for the tolling of minors. That means the clock stops running until your child reaches the age of eighteen. On their eighteenth birthday, however, the clock starts again.
The courts also impose a statute of repose. The statute of repose is the absolute deadline for your lawsuit. When you call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529, your lawyer will help you present a fully researched and documented claim that meets all applicable timelines.
Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries Glossary Terms
- What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulty with communication and social interactions. It often results in repetitive patterns of thought and behavior and is typically diagnosed by the time a child reaches their toddler years.
- What is Down Syndrome?
Down Syndrome is a congenital disorder caused by the presence of an extra chromosome. It results in cognitive and intellectual impairments. Down syndrome is also accompanied by physical anomalies such as short stature, a broad face, and almond-shaped eyes.
- What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a range of cognitive disorders that result in diminished muscle coordination and control. It often causes brain damage and a lack of motor control.
Call 1-800-222-9529 for Help Seeking Compensation for Cognitive Developmental Disabilities Due to Birth Injuries
If your child has autism, cerebral palsy, or other cognitive developmental disabilities due to birth injuries, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-800-222-9529. Your lawyer will discuss your case and help you understand each step along the road to financial recovery.