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- What is Down Syndrome?
- Can Down Syndrome be Tested for?
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- Should I Call Tylers Solicitor For No-Win, No-Fee Down Syndrome Compensation Claims?
Here at Tylers Solicitors, we can help you to make the downs syndrome compensation claims that you need. Having a child suffer from this condition, especially if you weren’t prepared for it, can be difficult to deal with. The money that you receive from your medical negligence claims could go a long way towards helping you prepare for the future.
Down syndrome develops due to an extra chromosome appearing in the baby’s genetic makeup. Chromosomes are essential when it comes to deciding a wide range of the baby’s features, including eye colour, gender, physical appearance and how their cells develop. There are normally 46 chromosomes in a human body, but thanks to down syndrome, some or all the sufferer’s cells can contain 47 chromosomes instead.
This lifelong affliction is rarely inherited but occurs due to genetic changes in the sperm or egg – as such, the illness can affect anyone. Many couples will choose to terminate the pregnancy if this illness is detected and try to conceive again. However, it is important that you are given the choice to terminate or not. Your medical professional may not be able to predict whether your child will have this condition, but they will be able to tell you if it has developed, or if there is an increased chance.
There are two different types of prenatal tests which can be performed. These are prenatal screening and prenatal diagnostics tests. These tests occur before your baby is born and, in most cases, will take place before the 24-week gestation cut-off for termination. If your child does have a chance of being born with a disability or lifelong condition, then you may be given the option to terminate after the 24-week gestation period has elapsed.
Prenatal screenings are used to estimate the chances of your child developing Down syndrome. While these tests aren’t 100% accurate, they can let you know if there is a good chance of the condition developing. Just some of these screenings could include a blood test or an ultrasound, both of which are common practices for today’s pregnancy care.
In these blood tests, your medical professional will look at a range of different substances in your blood, such as:
- Plasma Protein A.
- Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.
- Inhibin A.
When you combine this analysis with the mother’s age and lifestyle, your healthcare professional can estimate the likelihood of your child developing Down in the womb. The likelihood that the diagnosis is successful will be increased with a detailed sonogram. Here, your healthcare specialist will be able to check for physical features and developments which are common to foetuses with developing Down syndrome.
There are two kinds of diagnostic procedure available for prenatal diagnosis of this condition. They are:
- Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) – Takes place in the first trimester, between 9 and 14 weeks.
- Amniocentesis – Usually performed between 15 and 22 weeks of gestation.
These procedures are almost 100% accurate when it comes to diagnosing developing Down syndrome. However, they have their own risks. These procedures can carry with them a 1% chance of spontaneous miscarriage – a fact which puts many people off.
In addition to being almost completely accurate, these diagnostic options are also able to distinguish between the various types of the syndrome, including:
- Trisomy 21.
- Translocation Down Syndrome.
- Mosaic Down Syndrome.
If you feel that your healthcare provider displayed medical negligence when dealing with your pregnancy, either through a lack of information about the risks associated with certain treatments, or a lack of quality/reliability from the tests that they conducted, you could be entitled to make a no-win, no-fee compensation claim.
It is up to your medical provider to ensure that you have all the information available about Down syndrome throughout your pregnancy. If you haven’t been kept informed about the risks of this medical condition developing, then you could get compensation to make dealing with the lifelong affliction that much easier.
Here at Tylers Solicitors, we can provide comprehensive no-win, no-fee legal services to all kinds of clients. We have helped thousands of families to get the compensation they need due to medical negligence or a preventable birth injury or defect. Our no-win, no-fee team will work with you to identify if you have a viable case. If you do, we will concentrate on fighting your legal battle for you, so you can concentrate on caring for your newborn baby.
You can get in touch with our no-win, no-fee solicitors today by calling us directly on 0800 699 0079. You can also send any questions or concerns you have via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
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