Both birth injuries and birth defects are things that no parent wants their
newborn to experience. But it's still necessary to understand each
of them and how they differ from one another and whether they may require
the legal help of a
medical malpractice attorney.
Birth defects happen to the developing baby inside the mother's uterus.
If exposed to harmful chemicals, such as ones from alcohol or cigarettes,
the baby could be born with serious anomalies. While this kind of negligence
can be blamed on the mother, doctors can still be liable in certain birth
defect cases. For instance, if a doctor prescribes a medication that has
been tested to cause birth defects, then they should be held accountable
in the event of any deformations. Not all birth defects can be blamed
on maternal or medical neglect, as some genes can influence whether a
baby is born with defects.
Birth injuries occur as the baby is being brought into the world. As they're
trying to emerge from the womb, they may have a hard time, due to their
size or the time they spend in labor. Maternal pelvic size may also be
too small for the baby to be delivered smoothly. Doctors also might be
complicit in birth injuries. Putting too much stress on the cranium or
being too aggressive during the delivery can also potentially cause injuries.
Preventing Birth Injuries and Birth Defects
While mistakes do happen, doctors literally have lives in their hands.
Their duty of care is to ensure that they take whatever measures necessary
to ensure that both an expectant mother is safe and her baby is born healthy.
They must make sure that they are providing prenatal and birth care that
works for both the mother and her baby. They need to be able to answer
all of the mother’s questions with straightforward answers, as well
as be alert about any possible complications and find the right way to
Being negligent with the health of an expectant mother and her baby does
not go without consequences. Doctors don't get a good reputation just
because they have medical degrees. They have to show that they actually
value their patients and their livelihood.
If your baby has undergone birth injuries and/or birth defects due to improper
medical treatment, you need to get in touch with an experienced
medical malpractice attorney. The attorneys at The Haynes Firm will listen to your story and
fight for the justice and compensation that you're entitled to.
Contact The Haynes Firm at
(423)451-4999 for a free consultation.