Birth Defects

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The difference between a birth injury and a birth defect is that a birth injury is something that occurs during the birthing process that results in harm to the baby. A birth defect, on the other hand, is something that is usually not the fault of anybody, especially a doctor. For example, if a birth defect develops due to genetics, this is nobody's fault. However, it is a doctor's responsibility to recognize any potential birth defects and notify the mother of these defects. Additionally, there are birth defects that develop solely because of a doctor's actions. Talk to one of our lawyers today if you feel a doctor's actions caused your baby's defects.

There are over 3,000 different birth defects that are known. Some different birth defects include the following:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Heart Defects
  • Kidney Defects
  • Limb Defects
  • Much more

Birth defects such as down syndrome are usually genetic and not caused by a doctor's negligence. However, if family history shows that a baby may possibly be born with down syndrome, it is a doctor's responsibility to perform the necessary tests and inform parents if their child may possibly be born with a birth defect. This gives parents the option to decide whether or not they wish to terminate the pregnancy. On the other hand, some doctors perform birth defect tests when they are actually not necessary. Testing for birth defects usually involves withdrawing a small amount of amniotic fluid from the mother's womb. This can be dangerous and can result in injury to the baby, therefore these tests should only be done if absolutely necessary. Our lawyers can help if your doctor failed to test for birth defects or if your doctor caused injury to your baby while testing.

Other times, a birth defect may occur because a doctor failed to realize that their patient is pregnant at all, or simply didn't think about it when prescribing drugs to the mother for other conditions that aren't related to her pregnancy. Many prescription drugs are harmful to the baby and can result in the baby being born with different birth defects. Also, many birth defects can be prevented or minimized if proper treatment or surgery is done in time. If you feel your doctor did not act quickly enough in providing the necessary treatment needed for your baby, contact our lawyers today. When it comes to birth defects, most of the time it is not what a doctor did; but it's what a doctor did not do.

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