A medical provider’s failure to provide competent diagnosis, care, and treatment during pregnancy, labor and delivery can cause serious and permanent physical and cognitive delays that will affect your child throughout his or her lifetime. If you have concerns about such care, Minnesota law limits the time within which you can bring a claim on your child’s behalf. In Minnesota, the time to bring a birth injury claim expires on the child’s 11th birthday. If you don’t bring a claim within that time, your child will not be able to do so when they turn 18.
If your child experienced difficulty breathing at birth, spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit, didn’t feed well during his or her early days and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy or other developmental delays, there may be a link between the two. While the cause of cerebral palsy is undetermined in a significant number of children who are diagnosed with it, there are cases directly caused by a lack of oxygen before, during or after birth.
While not all of those circumstances involve negligent care, by consulting with an attorney, a parent can address his or her concerns. The attorneys at Hansen, Dordell, Bradt, Odlaug & Bradt have decades of experience and can assist you in considering a cause of action. If you or a loved one has experienced or suspects negligent medical care, call or e-mail an experienced medical malpractice attorney at Hansen Dordell– www.hansendordell.com / 651-482-8900.