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How to Tell when Developmental Delays in Your Child Signal a Bigger Issue

Every year, millions of children suffer from one or several developmental issues. As a parent, nothing can be more devastating than knowing your child is suffering from a medical condition. Your situation can be more challenging knowing another person’s negligence caused the issues affecting your child. However, how can you tell there are delays in your child’s development? Our Baltimore birth injury attorneys from Bennett & Heyman invite you to keep reading as we discuss this critical issue.

What Causes Developmental Issues in Children?

Every year, many children face different developmental difficulties. Many of these issues can happen due to genetic conditions. However, many other developmental problems can occur due to medical negligence during pregnancy or during delivery. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of children’s developmental issues is that most physical or motor issues are hard to identify, especially during the baby’s early years.

All patients – including pregnant women – trust their healthcare providers to provide them with the best medical services. Unfortunately, many medical professionals fail to adhere to the level of professionalism and commitment expected from them. Sadly, the lack of proper care often leads to most of the developmental issues that are seen in children every year.

Sadly, six out of every one thousand infants are born with a birth injury in the U.S. This means that thousands of babies are injured every year and suffer from physical and developmental issues throughout the country. As we mentioned, there are several things that can lead to developmental problems in children. However, it is critical to understand that, in many cases, medical negligence is the main culprit. As a parent of an injured child, it can be challenging to know what comes next. However, you can hold the liable parties accountable and file a claim to get compensation for your losses.

What Are the Most Common Birth Injuries that May Cause Developmental Issues in an Infant?

Unfortunately, birth injuries happen more frequently than most people know. Over our many years of experience handling birth injury cases in Maryland, we have identified some of the most common injuries that can often lead to infants’ developmental issues. Some of these common birth injuries include:

Brachial Plexus Injury

Damage to the brachial plexus frequently happens due to medical negligence. Injury to the nerves found through the neck, shoulder, and arm area (brachial plexus) can lead to severe developmental conditions. For instance, shoulder injury or shoulder dystocia can lead to the loss of the ability to move and rotate the arm. Sometimes, damage to the brachial plexus can be corrected with treatment. However, in more severe cases, the damage can be irreparable and the consequences unavoidable. As a parent, you can fight in your baby’s name and file a birth-related injury claim in Maryland. Our Maryland Brachial Plexus Birth Injury attorneys can assist you with your situation.


Many babies can show signs of bruising on their head and face. Most of the time, bruising in these areas happens during delivery. Many OB-GYNs utilize a tong-shaped instrument called forceps to assist the delivery. This instrument is used because it latches onto the baby’s head to help it get through the birthing canal. Sometimes, undue pressure to the face can lacerate and damage the face’s nerves or cause head lacerations. Consequently, these injuries can affect the newborn’s physical development over time. You can get assistance from your Baltimore Bruising Birth Injury Attorney to get the compensation you deserve.


Fractures are also common during birth. Many babies face fractures of the clavicle and collarbone as a result of undue pressure during delivery. Sometimes, these fractures can be mild, and the baby can recover rapidly after birth. However, many times, collarbone and clavicle fractures can take years to heal, and sometimes they may not heal at all. Your child could go through many developmental issues, especially in their ability to use the arm near to the clavicle or collarbone fracture.


During delivery, OB-GYNs and healthcare providers must follow a series of protocols to ensure the baby’s safety during delivery. However, not all medical professionals follow established processes. For instance, the excess force on the baby’s head during delivery – especially if the doctor uses forceps – can lacerate nerve small blood vessels near the baby’s eye. This can lead to developmental complications, mostly if the baby’s damage to their eyes was extensive. It would be best to hire an experienced Baltimore, MD Birth Injury Hemorrhage Attorney who can help you hold the liable parties accountable for your losses.

How Much Compensation Can I Get for Developmental Issues Caused by Birth Injuries in MD?

As a parent filing a claim based on medical negligence, you may wonder how much compensation you can expect. In Maryland, you can get economic and non-economic compensation. The damages or awards you can get from your claim will depend on your specific case. This means the court must analyze your case before they grant your damages. Before you can get compensation, you must be able to prove the defendant’s negligence through evidence. Your attorney can help you provide evidence showing a legal duty of care that was breached, caused harm, and led to your losses. Our Maryland attorney for infant delay in development caused by birth injury can help.

Maryland Birth Injury Attorneys Offering Free Consultations

If your baby got injured during birth and is going through developmental issues in Maryland, we can help. Our Maryland birth injury attorneys from Bennett & Heyman have the necessary skills, experience, and dedication to guide you and help you fight for your compensation. We will work tirelessly to bring the liable parties to justice in your name. It is essential to understand that you only have a limited time to file your claim. Our attorneys can help you with this matter. To learn more about all of our legal services in a free, confidential consultation, call our law offices today at (410) 429-7856.

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