Down Syndrome

What Is Down Syndrome?

Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, occurs when a child has an extra copy of chromosome 21. The extra chromosome affects a child’s physical and mental development. Symptoms of Down syndrome can range from mild to severe. Victims of down syndrome may have developmental delays when walking, talking, and acquiring other skills. According to the National Institutes of Health babies born with Down syndrome may also have the following health conditions:

– Congenital heart disease
– Hearing problems
– Intestinal problems, such as blocked small bowel or esophagus
– Celiac disease
– Eye problems, such as cataracts
– Dementia similar to Alzheimer’s
– Thyroid dysfunctions
– Skeletal problems

There are many prenatal tests that screen for Down Syndrome. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) recommends that all pregnant women be offered the chance to screen for Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome and Wrongful Birth Cases

If you were not informed of your child’s Down syndrome before his or her birth, you may have a wrongful birth case. An error may have occurred in one of several steps in the process:

– Your doctor failed to read or interpret test results properly.
– Your Doctor did not advise you of your risks for giving birth to a baby with this condition.
– The medical lab failed to perform the appropriate tests or failed to report the results.

In these cases doctors deprived of the choice to terminate the pregnancy or prepare to care for your disabled child. This may be grounds for a wrongful birth case. No parent wants to make the heartbreaking decision between giving birth to a severely disabled child and terminating a pregnancy. Parents do have the right to know the facts, and the right to make that decision. Doctors and medical laboratory professionals have a responsibility to perform proper tests and inform the parents of the results.

Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for Help

Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with cases involving birth-related injuries. We will fight on your behalf so you will be able to care for your disabled child. In one wrongful birth case we handled, a mother took the precaution of going to a specialist to determine if her fetus had a rare genetic disorder. The medical testing company failed to do the test and the doctor failed to notice the omission. The baby was born with myotubular myopathy. The jury awarded $28 million to the family, which enabled the family to properly care for their sick child.

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