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What Are The Causes of Developmental Delays?

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Every expectant mother hopes for a successful, healthy birth. Unfortunately, thousands of parents discover developmental delays within the first few months or years of their child’s life, leaving them with a many questions like, What Are The Causes of Developmental Delays? Our Rochester birth injury lawyers hear from these concerned parents every year.

The United States is not known for high-quality medical care for mothers and babies. In fact, of all the developed nations in the world, it has the highest rates of infant and maternal mortality.

Cases of medical negligence do impact these rates. Although we all hope for the best, there is always a risk that a child may be hurt at any stage of pregnancy and delivery. Just one mistake can affect a newborn for the rest of his or her life.

Developmental delays in infants and children occur when a child does not reach developmental milestones at the expected time. Babies struggling to walk, crawl, or talk may have a developmental delay. It is often possible to observe such delays when children have trouble acquiring and developing language skills, fine motor and gross motor skills, and social skills. Slowed cognitive development may also indicate a developmental delay.

What Are The Causes of Developmental Delays?

There are two main causes of developmental delays in children: genes and birth complications. Although we cannot avoid genetic birth injuries, medical professionals can prevent instances of pregnancy and birth complications by remaining vigilant and abiding by the standard of care.

Recent studies have found that preventable birth injuries are on the rise, and some researchers have noted that many doctors either lack the training or necessary skill sets which can help avoid childbirth complications.

Pregnancy and Birth Complications

There are many ways a child may be harmed during pregnancy and birth. The obstetrician or other medical professional responsible for managing the pregnancy has a legal obligation to follow the current medical standards of care to protect mothers and their children. Failing to follow these standards increases the risk of a person experiencing pregnancy complications and birth injuries.

A professional who makes harmful mistakes during pregnancy, labor, and/or delivery can sentence a child to a lifetime of medical issues, such as cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, Erb’s palsy, and more. Approximately six to eight of every one-thousand children in the U.S. are born with a birth injury.

Common Problems During Labor and Delivery

Children may be more susceptible to birth injuries during labor and delivery. The following problems are common issues that arise which can lead to developmental delays, learning disabilities, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, and more:

  • Delayed emergency c-section
  • Delivery room errors
  • Fetomaternal hemorrhage
  • Hyperstimulation from labor-inducing medications
  • Improper fetal monitoring
  • Placental abruption
  • Prolonged labor
  • Post-term pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Twins
  • Umbilical cord prolapse or compression
  • Uterine rupture
  • Undetected/untreated infections
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Rochester Birth Injury Lawyers on Your Side

Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are all too common in the United States. If you or someone you care about has had a child hurt by a doctor or other hospital staff member during pregnancy or delivery, you deserve justice for the harm you have suffered.

At Cellino & Barnes, our Rochester birth injury attorneys have helped families hold the responsible parties accountable for their negligence and receive compensation. We offer free case evaluations to all.

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