Folic acid is a vitamin necessary before conception and in the early stages of pregnancy for prevention of folic acid disorders in their babies. The CDC recommends that women take 400 micrograms of folic acid every day. Common folic acid disorders include Neural Tube Disorder (NTD), premature birth, and miscarriage.
If you or your child suffered the consequences of a folic acid disorder, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Contact the Ohio folic acid disorder attorneys at The Becker Law Firm for a free consultation. Call (440) 252-4399.
Types of Folic Acid Disorders
Folic acid disorders common in newborn babies include:
- Spina Bifida: Some babies with spina bifida are stillborn or die shortly after birth. The degree of spina bifida often depends on the location of the spinal injury. Some people with spina bifida can learn to walk with assistance, while others will be wheelchair-bound for their entire lives. They will need costly therapy for the first few years of their lives. In most cases, these babies have normal mental development.
- Anencephaly: Babies with anencephaly have an underdeveloped brain and skull. This occurs in one out of every 10,000 births and it is usually fatal very early in a baby’s life.
- Cleft Lip and Palate: A gap, typically in the upper lip; it is easily correctable with surgery.
- Heart Defects: These can range greatly in degree and severity, as can the likelihood of lifelong problems or wrongful death.
There are about 3,000 pregnancies complicated by neural tube defects every year in the United States. The March of Dimes estimates that as many as 70% of all folic acid disorders could be prevented with sufficient amounts of folic acid.
Medical Malpractice Causing Folic Acid Disorders
By the time a folic acid disorder is detected, it is usually too late to prevent the injury. That is why doctors must inform their patients of the importance of folic acid and must regularly discuss the importance of that vitamin. They must also be able to determine whether their patients have a sufficient folic acid intake. Most women should take folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy.
If your doctor failed to inform you about the importance of folic acid during your pregnancy and your child has some type of neural tube defect (NTB) or spina bifida injury, contact our Ohio birth injury lawyers at The Becker Law Firm. We have experience trying birth injury and medical malpractice cases across the country.
Email the firm or call (440) 252-4399 to schedule your free initial consultation.