Intellectual and developmental disabilities

There are certain birth injuries that your child can sustain that cause an intellectual or developmental disability. For some babies, it is immediately noticeable, but for others it may not be noticed until they are a few years old. If medical negligence was the cause of your child’s intellectual or developmental disability, it is important to talk with an attorney to seek compensation.

What is an intellectual and developmental disability?

Intellectual and developmental disabilities are disorders that are usually present at birth and that uniquely affect the trajectory of an individual’s development. An intellectual disability affects the functioning or intelligence of a person as well as their adaptive behaviors. A developmental disability is a broader term which can include intellectual development, physical development or both.

Intellectual and developmental disabilities can be classified into four different categories:

  • Nervous System - These disorders affect how the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system function which can affect intelligence and learning.
  • Sensory System - These disorders affect the sense or how the brain processes or interprets information from the senses.
  • Metabolism - These disorders affect how the body digests food and nutrients for energy and growth.
  • Degenerative - Individuals with degenerative disorders may not show them until developmental milestones. This can look like disruptions in skills, abilities, and functions. In some cases, the disorder may not be detected until they are a child or adolescent.

While there are a multitude of things that can cause an intellectual or developmental disability, if it is because of medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

Free consultation on your case by a Chicago-based birth injury attorney

The intellectual and developmental disorder lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin have proven success in these types of cases. If you or a loved one has suffered injury or wrongful death, please contact our office at Info@rblaw.net, 312-458-1000 or click here for a free evaluation of your case. There is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries at the end of the case.

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