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Mental Retardation

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A child may suffer serious injuries during labor or delivery that results in brain damage and mental retardation. Ranging from mild to very severe, mental retardation affects a person’s ability to think and reason. A child who is mentally retarded may have difficulty communicating and caring for himself or herself. As such, birth injuries that cause mental retardation may result in a lifelong struggle for a family to provide for a child’s medical needs and assistance.

In some cases, mental retardation is spotted fairly early in an infant’s life. Other times, it may be years before the condition is suspected. It is highly recommended that you seek a doctor’s assistance immediately upon noticing developmental delays or other indications of possible mental retardation. It is also highly recommended that you consult a medical malpractice lawyer, as you may be able to take legal action against the responsible doctor or hospital and recover financial compensation for your child’s condition. This compensation will make it much easier to pay for your child's medical care and assistance through the years.

What Causes Mental Retardation?

Mental retardation may be caused by a pre-existing genetic condition, a complicated and difficult birth or a serious birth injury. A lack of oxygen during labor or delivery can cause brain injury and mental retardation. In some cases, this may be linked directly to medical malpractice. For example, if a doctor failed to notice a condition of distress in the baby during labor and failed to perform a C-section in a timely fashion, the lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain could cause permanent damage.

If your child is suffering from mental retardation, talk to a birth injury lawyer at our firm to find out if you have a malpractice claim. Contact the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates today.

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