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Birth Injury vs. Birth Defect: How to Tell the Difference

The Becker Law Firm, LPA

When complications arise during labor and delivery, parents are often left to wonder if there was anything that could have been done to prevent it. To learn if you have a case, contact an attorney.

Differences between a Birth Injury and Birth Defect

A birth injury is the result of complications during labor and delivery. Birth defects stem from complications that occurred prior to labor and delivery, typically while the baby was developing within the womb.

While the causes for a birth injury and a birth defect can vary, they don’t always warrant seeking legal action. But in some cases, either one could be caused by medical negligence.

An example of a birth injury caused by the negligence of a healthcare professional is failing to provide oxygen after the baby has been delivered. This could result in brain damage.

An example of a birth defect caused by medical negligence is a doctor who prescribes medication to the expectant mother that is known to be dangerous to developing babies. For instance, it could result in the baby developing a cleft lip and/or palate.

Unfortunately, birth injuries and defects that are caused by negligence don’t just affect the baby. Either one could lead to the mother developing PTSD from a difficult birth. As a result, you could be entitled to compensation that addresses the physical and emotional injuries suffered.

Seeking Help from Medical Attorneys in Cleveland

To learn more about your rights, contact a medical mistake attorney from The Becker Law Firm at (440) 252-4399. We can explain your legal options.

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