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Does your child suffer from mental retardation?

Mental retardation is a broad medical and legal term which refers generally to several concepts.  It is normally considered to be a person with significantly below average scores on mental ability or intelligence tests.  Its definition has been expanded to include limited ability to function in everyday life.  This would include such things as the ability to communicate, taking care of oneself and getting along in social situations including school.  It is one thing to hear the term being used and quite another to experience mental retardation in a family member. 

Mental retardation can be the result of complications in normal development.  It can also be caused by a genetic disorder.  What is not commonly known, however, is that it can also be caused by the negligence or carelessness of a health care provider.  If you have any suspicion that this situation applies to you or a loved one, a San Jose medical malpractice attorney may be able to assist you to receive compensation for the wrong that has been done.

Compensation for Medical Malpractice

Prenatal care, labor, delivery and post-delivery treatment can all be situations in which medical malpractice can lead to mental retardation.  An example is the effect of severe jaundice on a newborn child.  Sometimes with newborns their livers are not fully developed and functioning.  This condition can bring about a failure of the liver to remove a substance known as bilirubin.  If left untreated, this condition results in severe jaundice which can damage a baby's brain.  This brain damage is permanent and results in mental retardation.  Severe jaundice is not difficult to diagnose or treat but unfortunately it is sometimes missed.  Blood or oxygen flow being restricted during labor or birth can also bring about mental retardation.  These errors are all preventable if standard medical procedures are followed.

At the Pacific Attorney Group we understand what you and your child are facing if mental retardation is present.  Mental retardation may require constant medical care, various forms of therapy and other special needs.  These special needs require finances and cannot be ignored.  If mental retardation has been caused by any form of medical negligence or malpractice, it should be fairly compensated by those responsible. 

Contact a San Jose Mental Retardation Lawyer when mental retardation in a child has been caused by medical negligence or malpractice.

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