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Learning to spot the symptoms of a birth injury is vital if you want to protect your child and seek fair compensation. You will then be able to respond quickly enough to prevent further damage and to move your case forward. While some symptoms are easy to spot when you know the red flags, others are difficult to detect. In mild cases of birth injury, the child will only have short-term problems and recover later in life. On the other hand, some birth injuries are so severe that they impact children for the rest of their lives.
Some injuries can result in breathlessness that leads to brain damage unless a doctor spots and addresses the situation in time. Some children will display excessive drooling, and you don’t want to overlook this warning sign. Lethargy, extreme agitation and nausea are additional signs that should alert your health care provider that something is out of place. Speak up if you notice these problems before the nurse or doctor does, and you could save your child’s life.
While some symptoms appear shortly after the injury takes place, others can remain dormant for months or years before the warning signs make themselves known. As your child gets a little older, you could notice problems in motor skill and problem-solving development, and the issue often becomes progressively apparent as time passes. The long-term impact of birth injuries can make it difficult for children to complete potty training and learn how to talk. Children impacted by these issues can have trouble reaching developmental milestones for their age, and some of them even have a hard time learning to hold and use forks and spoons. Birth injuries that cause head trauma or oxygen deprivation can increase your child’s risk of developing cerebral palsy, a condition that causes physical and mental developmental challenges.
Learning the steps the law requires you to take to prove your case helps you decide if you are on the correct path for your situation. If you go to trial, you must prove beyond a preponderance of a doubt that your medical professionals acted outside the standard of care and that the deviation caused your child’s birth injuries. You can start by gathering medical reports, witness statements and other evidence that proves the way the medical staff handled the birth of your child. You can then boost your results even more by having an expert witness take the stand. In this situation, an expert witness is someone in the medical field who can point out the mistakes made by your doctor or nurse.
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