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What Is a Birth Injury?

Thursday, November 03, 2016By Richard Alexander

Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy baby, one free from birth injuries and birth defects. Even in our relatively advanced society, though, medical errors and chemical exposure can hurt babies in utero, leaving them irreparably damaged for life. In the worst cases, errors of the health care profession and chemical exposure can be fatal.

We trust medical professionals with our lives and our wellbeing. We expect that their training and experience will bring the best results for us and for the ones we love. Unfortunately, medical malpractice occurs every day, leading to birth injuries such as brain damage, nerve injuries, and even broken bones.

Doctor errors include delay in responding to calls, failing to diagnose or treat conditions, failing to inform the mother of important conditions, and failing to handle the delivery properly. These are all costly mistakes that can lead to physical injuries, nerve damage, paralysis, and even death.

Toxic chemical exposure can also lead to birth defects. Mothers are sometimes exposed to toxic chemicals at work, such as asbestos, benzene, oil products, exhaust, Freon, and hydrofluoric or hydrochloric acid. These substances and others can cause many types of birth defects, including defects in a baby’s arms and legs, heart abnormalities, spinal cord defects, and chromosome and metabolic problems.

Chemical exposure leading to birth defects may also occur at home when a mother is exposed to contaminated food or water, household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or prescribed drugs. For example, Paxil has been linked to birth defects. Some toxic chemicals are also found in plastic toys, as well as metal food cans.

In addition to birth defects, toxic chemical exposure may lead a baby to develop cancer later in life. Common cancers related to toxic chemicals include asbestosis, mesothelioma, leukemia, brain cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and kidney cancer.

If you or a loved one were injured due to medical error or chemical exposure, contact the team at Alexander Law Group, LLP at 888.777.1776 for a free case consultation today. We help our clients recover monetary compensation for their injuries and expenses.

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