Medical negligence is often involved in birth injuries that cause temporary or permanent brain damage. This site provides links to a variety of resources to answer many common questions on dealing with a mother and/or child suffering from a birth injury.
Parents are often bewildered when their child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy or other birth injury. While each particular cause of the injury might not be easily determined, it is essential to at least consider medical malpractice, genetics or other circumstances involved in the cause of your child’s physical and/or mental condition. The resources below provide valuable insight on how to deal with your child’s disabilities and the different ways to protect his or her rights.
Meeting Your Child’s Educational Needs
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) – The site provides all the information required to have your child evaluated for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). This personalized document provides the opportunity for parents, teachers, school administrators, students, and other related service personnel to work in unison to help the child deal with their disabilities. The website provides valuable information including general steps necessary to have the child evaluated. This evaluation can assist professionals in determining your child’s strength so an educational goal can be developed and implemented.
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) – This federal government run site can assist you in managing your child’s special needs. Gain quick access to the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Basic Special Education Process. The site can help you best effectively implement an individualized educational program to maximize your child’s abilities to learn effectively and participate with others. Through the government’s guidance, your child (preschool age through early adulthood) can find the right assistance from educators and local and state educational agencies.
Preventing and Dealing with Childbirth Injuries
U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) – This federally run Medline Plus website provides valuable information on childbirth problems and injuries including preterm labor, breech births, birth injuries and medical issues concerning the umbilical cord. Gain quick access to more information on specific conditions, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment, screening, prevention and clinical trials. This extensive resource site underscores the importance of understanding all the potential risks involved to both the baby and the mother in carrying the fetus to term, labor and delivery.
U.S. Department Of Labor – This website provides insightful information concerning the Family and Medical Leave Act for any eligible worker to provide much-needed care, including newborn suffering birth injuries, by taking time off from your job. The site also provides contact information to the Illinois Department of Labor, so you can learn all the qualifying reasons required to obtain FMLA leave to deal with chronic serious health conditions of either the mother or child.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) – This website provides effective programs, guidance and steps to prevent childbirth injuries. The valuable resources can assist your child from birth to age five to develop the skills required to learn effectively. HRSA provides funding to the state of Illinois to implement voluntary home visits as a cost-effective way to improve the child’s health and develop school readiness while encouraging positive parenting.
The Merck Manual – The pharmaceutical company Merck offers a link to their manual for healthcare professionals outlining common birth injuries. The manual details head injuries such as depressed skull fractures, cephalhematoma and caput succedaneum along with cranial nerve injury and bronchial plexus injuries, including Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy. It also provides a detailed overview of perinatal issues for both the mother and the fetus, along with birth injuries, neonatal resuscitation and post mature infant problems.
Childbirth Legal Issues
FindLaw.com – Click the link here to obtain valuable information on the Illinois statute of limitations for medical malpractice involving birth injuries. The statute of limitations concerning medical malpractice is limited to two years, unless it is a birth injury, which is extended to eight years. In some incidences, people with disabilities including cerebral palsy might not present medical issues until much later in life.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) this website provides essential information on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While the direct cause of ASD is often difficult to decipher, childbirth injury, environmental conditions and genetics tend to play an important role. Gain insight into early signs and symptoms, and determine which children are at risk. With the information, you can have access to school-based programs, proper medical care, and greatly reduce the symptoms of ASD while increasing your young child’s ability to develop new skills and grow.
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Click here to learn extensive information about bronchial plexus birth palsy (Erb’s palsy) including its link to difficult deliveries including breech presentation, large babies and/or prolonged labor. The site provides information on symptoms, proper diagnosis, effective treatments, and living with the condition including dealing with ongoing weakness in the hands, arms and shoulders.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – The CDC maintains the site with links to national vital statistics concerning childbirth injuries in the United States, including all annual birthrates in Illinois. In addition, the site provides statistics on mother and childbirth injury rates and the medical risk factors most frequently reported, including anemia, pregnancy-associated hypertension and eclampsia.
Illinois Department Of Insurance – This link provides consumers with guidance and general information concerning Illinois laws on insurance coverage, including who is covered, the type of coverage included and limitations. In addition, the site offers an extensive “frequently asked questions” section concerning newborn insurance coverage, along with toll-free numbers to speak with a representative from the Office of Consumer Health Insurance.
Unfortunately, there is a high prevalence of childbirth injuries and post-traumatic stress symptoms of infants, toddlers and children after birth. The above resources help educate parents on perinatal care of their child dealing with physical and mental disorders directly caused by medical malpractice, or other injury associated with labor and delivery. Birth trauma accounts for 37 out of every 1000 births in the United States. Often times, medical, physical and mental conditions of birth trauma are not recognized until weeks, months or years after being discharged from the hospital.