Birth Defects vs. Preventable Birth Injuries
What Is a Birth Defect?
Birth defects are abnormalities in structure, function or metabolism that are present at birth. These abnormalities may lead to mental or physical disabilities, or they can be fatal. According to the March of Dimes, about 150,000 babies are born with birth defects each year in the U.S. Birth defects are the leading cause of death in the first year of a child’s life.
Birth defects are typically caused by genetic or environmental factors, or a combination of both. Most birth defects cannot be prevented and are not caused by negligence. However, negligence may have played a role in some birth defects, or the timely discovery of the birth defects. Our lawyers and staff can evaluate your case and determine whether your child suffered a preventable birth injury or a birth defect that could have been anticipated.
What Is a Birth Injury?
A birth injury is an injury that causes harm to the mother or child before, during or after birth. Some birth injuries are minor, but others can cause permanent disability or death.
Many birth injuries are caused by the negligence or carelessness of a healthcare provider. If you or your child suffered a preventable birth injury, you have a legal right to recover monetary compensation for damages for you and your child.
Ohio Birth Trauma Lawyers
If you are seeking a Cleveland or Cincinnati birth injury lawyer, the attorneys of The Becker Law Firm, are here to answer your questions about birth injury, birth trauma, birth defects and potential medical negligence. If negligence played a role in causing your child’s condition, we may be able to take legal action to obtain financial compensation on your child’s behalf.
Please contact us using our online form, or call (440) 252-4399 to arrange a free initial consultation.