Parents of Children Born with Birth Defects Can Sue Those Responsible for Damages
Around 6% of the children in the world are born with birth defects, or abnormalities that cause physical or mental disability. In Indiana, about 448 out of every 100,000 children are born this way. Birth defects are the leading cause for infant mortality in the US, and account for about one out of every four infant deaths. Children with birth defects, even when they survive, suffer for the rest of their lifetimes, often in pain, and burdened by expensive medical bills.
Some such birth defect causes are:
- Negligence by the medical practitioners, in failing to diagnose a problem correctly, or undertaking procedures incorrectly. For instance, if the child does not get oxygen during delivery, cerebral palsy may set in. Incorrect use of forceps may also cause serious injuries.
- The mother consuming antidepressants has been proven to harm the fetus. Many studies find statistically significant associations between the use of widely prescribed SSRI antidepressants and birth defects.
- The pregnant mother being exposed to toxins and environmental pollutants, such as elevated concentration of agrichemicals, and more.
If you or your loved ones are unfortunate enough to have a child born with defects, and you suspect that any one of the above reasons were the cause for defects, the law allows you to sue those responsible for damages.
Wagner Reese has a team of experienced birth injury lawyers, with a track record of having waged many successful legal battles against medical practitioners, drug majors, and others responsible in birth defect and birth injury cases. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for a free evaluation of your medical malpractice case.