Some disabilities are caused by genetic copying errors when DNA is reproduced. For example, Prader Willi Syndrome is caused by a copying error involving chromosome 15.
Other disabilities are congenital, or inherited from one or both parents. Cystic fibrosis, for example, is caused when someone has a dominant expression of a gene carried by both parents.
Still other disabilities are caused by medical malpractice or negligence. While genetic or congenital disabilities will be present from birth, medical malpractice disabilities are related in time to when the malpractice occurred. Hypoxic-ischemic brain injuries, for example, can cause brain damage during labor, delivery, and birth, or any time later in life when a surgeon or anesthesia provider interferes with adequate blood flow and oxygenation to the brain.
Many parents searching for answers on what caused their children to have disabilities run into a brick wall when speaking to physicians. This is where an experienced Texas medical malpractice attorney can help. By collecting all the facts and studying medical records with the aide of a medical expert, a medical negligence lawyer can get answers and determine if there are grounds for filing a lawsuit to get the child and family the help they need.
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Robert Painter is an award-winning medical malpractice attorney at Painter Law Firm PLLC, in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuits all over Texas.