Medical Malpractice and Birth Defects

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Although a variety of birth defects occur due to genetic issues, family histories, and environmental factors, others can be caused by negligence, including medical malpractice.

Most parents understand the importance of making healthy choices to protect mother and baby as the pregnancy progresses. Doctors, nurses, obstetricians, and other medical providers should share this commitment in order to make every effort to ensure the baby’s healthy delivery.

Unfortunately, if the standard of treatment declines during prenatal care or in the delivery room, it can pose a danger to the mother’s health and potentially result in birth defects and birth injuries stemming from:

  • Prescription medication errors.
  • Misuse of delivery room equipment.
  • Inadequate monitoring of the fetus.
  • Failure to compensate for abnormal birth position.
  • Oxygen deprivation during birth.
  • Undiagnosed or untreated illness or infection passed from mother to baby.

A wide range of complications can occur due to these unacceptable errors, including head trauma, brain damage, injury to the limbs, compromised function of internal organs, and more. Some children are able to grow up normally after a traumatic birth, while others tragically face physical and developmental disabilities that can last a lifetime.

Whether or not your family has a case will depend on the circumstances of your child’s birth. If you believe your baby was harmed due to a doctor or other provider’s negligence, our Parkersburg medical malpractice attorneys can take action on your behalf.

Please contact Jim Leach, L.C., or call 304-865-8530 today for a no-cost consultation at our office in Parkersburg.