Birth defects are something that no parent ever wants to experience. Before the baby is born, parents look forward to all the milestones their child will complete and adding a brand new member to their family—they never expect to have to deal with lawyers, doctors and an unfair diagnosis that their child has a defect caused by birth.
When birth defects do happen, though, it’s imperative that you contact an attorney to help you through the process. While you deal with the aftermath, you are probably asking yourself why this happened in the first place—a question your attorney can help you answer. While many birth defects are unavoidable and no one’s fault, a lot of them can be directly related back to medications taken during pregnancy, a negligent surgeon or doctor during or before birth or a missed diagnosis from an obstetrician. If a birth defect can be linked back to one of these things, you will have a lawsuit on your hands.
A birth defect can happen due to a number of different reasons, but the most common causes include:
- A prescription drug given to the mother while pregnant. The actual drug or the dosage amount could be to blame for a birth defect.
- Exposure to chemicals or dangerous toxins
- Failure to diagnose or properly treat a condition during pregnancy, labor or birth
- Failure to properly monitor a child during pregnancy
- Negligence during labor
A child who is exposed to these causes may be born with defects including club foot, cleft palate, brain and skull deformities, Spina Bifida, Cerebreal Palsy, heart defects and may even be born stillborn or suffer fetal death. If any of these can be traced back to negligence, medical malpractice or exposure, you’ll need an attorney to help you not only enter into a lawsuit, but to win it and get the help you need and deserve.
An experienced attorney will take the case out of your hands and pursue the law the on your behalf, taking into account your needs during this trying time. We will initially help you decide if you have a case to move forward with and from there, we will take the necessary steps to enter your claim and get you compensation as soon as possible.
Your family doesn’t deserve to deal with a birth defect, especially one that could have been avoided. Let us take this ordeal on for you so you can focus on raising your baby. For more information about how the attorneys at Stewart & Stewart can help you, contact us today at 1-800-33-33-LAW or visit our website for more information.