What Is the Difference Between Birth Defects & Birth Injuries?
Birth injuries are usually caused by issues that went wrong during child-delivery. Birth defects typically occur prior to a baby’s birth or before the pregnancy. For every 1,000 babies born in the United States, five will be injured during birth. Interestingly, 7% of all babies are born with a minor or severe birth defect. Birth injuries are often the result of a doctor’s failure to adequately assess or respond to complications during a woman's pregnancy or delivery. Prescription drugs taken during pregnancy can also harm the baby and result in both birth injuries and defects.
Types of Birth Injuries
Common birth injuries include:
- Brain Damage
- Broken Bones
- Bruising & Lacerations
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy
- Facial Paralysis
- Nerve Damage
- Shoulder Dystocia
Types of Birth Defects
Common birth defects include:
- Atrioventricular Septal Defect
- Cleft Palate
- Down Syndrome
- Heart Murmur
- Rectal & Large Intestinal Atresia/Stenosis
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Legally speaking, a doctor accepts a “duty of care” when they take you on as their patient. This means they’re required to treat you in accordance with the accepted standard of care used by the medical community. Failure to meet this standard is a breach of duty, meaning a doctor can be held liable for any damage they cause.
What Should I Do If My Child Has a Birth Injury or Birth Defect?
A birth injury or birth defect often involves extensive medical treatment and specialized care. Our attorneys have experience handling these types of cases. We can formulate a legal strategy that fits your unique situation. At Fieger Law, we understand the kinds of problems that occur both inside and outside of delivery rooms. We can thoroughly review your case and determine your legal options to try to obtain the best results possible. Let us help you seek compensation.
Call (800) 294-6637 or contact our team of Michigan birth injury lawyers to get started on your case today.