Welcoming a new baby into the world is a joyful event for most Delaware families. However, when something goes wrong during the labor and delivery process, the happy time may lead to tragic circumstances as time passes, as not all signs of birth injuries are immediately apparent. Parents are, therefore, advised to remain alert when observing their infants in case anything seems awry in the days and weeks following deliveries that may signify birth injuries.
Soon after a baby is born, medical professionals are supposed to rate the child's birth condition. This is most commonly accomplished by using a system of scoring known as APGAR. Parents may be alerted to a medical mistake when a infant's APGAR scores are low.
It is common for babies and toddlers to master certain tasks in relation to their mental and physical development as time goes on after birth. Parents are often delighted when an infant learns to hold his or head up, becomes able to sit and crawl, or begins to learn other simple skills that demonstrate healthy development. If a motor skill is lagging or seems to be nonexistent, a parent may want to investigate further to determine if there is a birth injury connection.
Laws governing personal injury claims involving birth injuries vary by state. In many cases, a statute of limitations exists. Therefore, any Delaware parent concerned that a child's cerebral palsy or other condition is related to a medical mistake made during the delivery process may want to seek clarification of state laws before proceeding to court. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can provide such information and offer counsel as to how best to proceed to pursue justice on a child's behalf.
Source: The Huffington Post, "4 Things Children With Birth Injuries And Their Parents Should Know That Could Be Worth Lots Of Money", Jack Choros, June 27, 2016