Many Texas medical malpractice suits involve negligence resulting in birth injuries, but not all birth injuries are immediately apparent. Some mothers don't realize they received sub-par medical care during their pregnancy or while they were giving birth until they start to notice that their child is not meeting certain developmental milestones. Sometimes these delays are simply related to genetic conditions and there's nothing that could have been done to prevent them. However, there are other times that they are caused by things that happened during the birth, such as if a baby is not able to receive a proper amount of oxygen for an elongated period of time. 

Developmental delays can come in many forms, so it's important for parents to educate themselves about specific milestones their child should be reaching at different ages. These delays can affect things like:

  • Language skills: The child's ability to speak, communicate, use gestures, and understand language. 
  • Fine motor skills: The child's ability to use their hands to write, play, eat, dress, and handle small objects. 
  • Gross motor skills: The child's ability to use larger groups of muscles for things like running, walking, standing, and sitting. 
  • Cognitive ability: The child's ability to understand, learn, problem-solve, remember, and reason. 
  • Social skills: The child's ability to interact with other people, have relationships, cooperate, and feel empathy and sympathy. 

Remember, not every delay is related to a medical malpractice issue and may just be something that is genetic. However, if you believe your child is not progressing properly because of a doctor's negligence, you should contact a Dallas medical malpractice attorney to see if you have a case. Contact Girards Law today for a free consultation at 888-897-2762. 

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