Nationwide Baby Birth Injury Attorneys
Birth defects affect approximately 120,000 babies in the United States each year. While many defects remain unexplained, genetic or environmental factors can often play a role. Genetic causes of birth defects fall into three general categories: chromosomal abnormalities, single-gene defects, and multifactorial influences. Environmental factors such as health, diet, and exposure to toxins and pollutants can be controlled to a certain degree by avoiding drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and maintaining a healthy diet. Sadly, there are many birth defects that occur during pregnancy or delivery that are a product of negligence or wrongdoing which could have prevented.
At Cohen Milstein, our catastrophic injury attorneys are committed to holding corporations, doctors, and hospitals accountable if gross negligence or wrongdoing results in a birth defect. Birth injuries can be caused during delivery by:
- Medical complications during labor and delivery including Cesarean sections (C-sections) and mechanically assisted forceps.
- Oxygen deprivation during delivery.
- Failure to test or detect abnormalities during pregnancy.
Promoting Safety to Protect Against Birth Injuries
Manufacturers or corporations may be responsible for birth injuries or defects if they entered a product into the market that had a dangerous effect on a fetus. Recently, there has been a significant amount of litigation against major drug manufacturers who failed to properly warn pregnant women of the dangerous side effects caused by their drugs.
A child born with birth defects will often need long term care in order to ensure better quality of life. Our trial advocates understand the importance of developing a long term care plan that will best suit the needs of the child and provide them with the greatest opportunity to thrive. We work hard to seek justice for an injured baby and ensure that wrongdoers are held accountable when their negligence causes a birth defect or injury. By obtaining justice for babies suffering from birth defects, we not only hold corporations accountable, but bring attention to their negligence in hopes that other children may avoid a similar injury.
Birth Injury Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that every 4.5 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. While many defects cannot be prevented, the advocates at Cohen Milstein encourage mothers to take certain precautions to reduce their risk of a birth defect.
- Avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Avoid or limit foods high in mercury content such as certain seafood.
- Discuss a healthy diet and pre-natal vitamin plan with your doctor.
- Avoid exposure to lead and pesticides.
- Always wear a seatbelt in a vehicle.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives prescription drugs a letter grade of A, B, C, D, or X to show which medications are safe to take during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the grade and risks associated with any prescription drug treatment.