Medical Dangers and Birth Defects

When pregnant, it is important to consider not just your own health, but the heath of your unborn child. All mothers intend to do what is best for their children. However, in many unfortunate cases, medication which can be beneficial to your health can be severely detrimental to the health of your child. In these tragic cases, moderate to severe birth defects can result.

A recent example of this unfortunate occurrence was the discovery of potential links between the morning sickness drug Zofran and birth defects. Originally intended to aid the nausea of patients undergoing cancer treatment such as chemotherapy, many women were unfortunately prescribed this drug off label to aid their severe morning sickness. According to the website of Williams Kherkher lists the common potential birth defects resulting from the use of this drug as congenital heart defects, cleft lip, and cleft palate.

It is vitally important to be aware of these dangers as you care for yourself and your unborn child. However, if you were not properly informed or warned of the severely detrimental side effects of a particular medication and your child was born with a disorder or birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses and other losses associated with their condition.

In addition to dangers posed by medications, some babies are born with injuries or disabilities because of the negligence of a medical professional either before, during, or shortly after a child’s birth. One tragically common disorder that can result from such circumstances is cerebral palsy. The website of the Driscoll Firm defines cerebral palsy as “a large group of motor conditions that result in varying degrees of physical disability; this exists within the cerebrum, and primarily affects a patient’s motor skills and cognitive abilities.” Sadly, medical malpractice has been found to be responsible for a surprising amount of cerebral palsy cases of varying severity.