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Local baseball player not hindered by birth injury

Having a child can be one of the happiest times in a person's life. But if the child ends up with a birth injury, it can lead to serious consequences for the child later in life. Having a child with a birth injury can lead to additional medical care for the child. If the birth injury is due to the negligence of either prenatal care or the delivery, the parents may have a right to seek compensation for the injury.

A senior on the North County baseball team knows firsthand how a birth injury can affect a person's life. The 18-year-old is a pitcher for the team, even though a birth injury left him with limited mobility in his right arm. He has been able to play most sports, but he has had to make adjustments.

He can hold items such as a ball or a bat but has had to come up with creative ways to move the items because he does not have a full range of motion in his right arm. But soccer is his main sport and he has even earned an athletic scholarship to UMBC next year.

At birth, he sustained a brachial plexus injury that damaged nerves in his neck. This damage affected his body's ability to control the muscles in his right arm, including the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist and fingers.

Injuries such as this occur in about one in every 1,000 births. In this individual's case, the doctors actually discussed amputating the arm after birth. Two years later, doctors were able to determine how impaired the development of the arm would be. At this time, he was able to move his right hand to his mouth which helped the doctors determine a course of action for physical therapy.

Medical malpractice is oftentimes the cause of these defects, but it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of a defect. Anyone who has gone through this type of experience may want to get more information to determine whether or not they have a cause of action of a civil lawsuit.

Source: The Washington Post, "North County's Gregg Hauck doesn't let disability trump talent on baseball diamond," Brandon Parker, April 17, 2013

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