Giving birth is one of the many risky, but miraculous, events in life.
While everyone hopes that a child’s birth will be positive and that
the baby will be healthy, that’s not always the case. Birth injuries
or defects can lead to problems now or in the future.
Birth injuries and birth defects are not the same thing. In fact, many
people get these confused, but defects can happen due to genetic reasons,
just as injuries can take place because of unavoidable issues during delivery.
What Are Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries are typically the result of complications during delivery,
although some are normal. For instance, it’s not uncommon for a
newborn to suffer some bruising or to have a broken collar bone from passing
through the birth canal. However, something like hypoxia should have been
monitored and avoided, which could mean you have a right to a claim against
your medical team.
What Are Birth Defects?
Birth defects can be caused by genetic issues or problems with medications
or other things during your pregnancy. Many defects are natural, but if
you’re taking a medication known to cause defects, for instance,
and aren’t told of the possibility, you may be able to claim negligence
or malpractice against your doctor.
It’s estimated that 7 percent of babies are born with birth defects
or irregularities, which can range from minor to severe. Teratogen chemicals
can cause these defects, so if you find out that your drugs taken during
pregnancy have caused your baby’s defects, it’s important
to seek more information about your legal rights.