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Jacksonville Birth Injury AttorneysAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every 33 children born in the United States has a birth defect, and those defects account for 20 percent of newborn deaths. A defect can affect a child for the rest of his or her life. It can impact how they appear, function or both. In some cases, it could result in problems like cleft lip or neural tube defects. While the defect most definitely affects the child, it can impact the parents as well – and cause significant strain on their lives. Our Jacksonville birth injury attorneys ready to help you.

If your child has suffered from a birth defect due to the negligence of a medical professional, then you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you with your claim. You may be entitled to compensation for your child’s defect, including medical expenses, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

The Different Types of Birth Defects

There are hundreds of thousands of babies born in the United States each year with birth defects of some sort. The cause of these cannot always be pinpointed, but studies have shown that many of these birth defects could be predicted and identified prior to birth, and some can even be prevented.

Some of the common types of birth defects seen in children born in the U.S. include:

  • Anencephaly – This is when the baby is born missing portions of their brain and skull. Considered a neural tube defect, this occurs in women during their first month of pregnancy.
  • Autism – This is a brain disorder that can appear in children before age three. It affects a child’s ability to reason, interact, and communicate with others.
  • Cerebral Palsy – Children are usually diagnosed with this condition by age three. It affects their control of movement and posture because of brain damage.
  • Cleft Palate or Lip – This is when there is a split or separation of the face. While this can be repaired through plastic surgery, it is still a very tragic condition.
  • Congenital Heart Defects – These are structural problems found at birth and can include atrial septal defects, left heart syndrome, and more.
  • Encephalocele – This is another neural tube defect that affects the child’s brain. Typically there is a sac-like protrusion that covers the opening in the skull and occurs when the neural tube fails to close during pregnancy.
  • Gastroschisis – This is when the baby’s intestines stick outside of the baby’s stomach. The liver and stomach may also be outside.
  • Spina Bifida – This is another common neural tube defect that occurs when the spinal column does not close completely during the first month of pregnancy.
  • Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome – This is a genetic disorder that causes accelerated aging in individuals and can be identified as early as 18 months.
  • Turner Syndrome – This is when the child is missing one of their two X chromosomes. While the child will live, they may have heart problems, kidney issues, and fertility problems to deal with the rest of their lives.

What Causes Birth Defects?

Some birth defects occur because of medications prescribed by physicians, inadequate testing, etc. While some are unpreventable, there are many that could have been identified and prevented.

Some of the common causes of birth defects include:

  • Medications taken during pregnancy
  • Problems with chromosomes
  • Genetic issues
  • Environmental factors – things the mother is exposed to during pregnancy
  • Illnesses
  • Infections
  • Use of drugs or alcohol

Birth Injury FAQs

A birth defect results from harm caused to the baby before birth. It is usually the result of something that happened before or during pregnancy. It may result from a genetic condition of one or both parents. A birth injury is caused by a complication during the labor and delivery period in most cases.

birth injury lawsuits arise after a doctor fails to adequately assess or respond to a complication or condition prior to or during delivery. This may also occur if the pregnant woman has been prescribed a medication that causes harm to the baby.

Medical malpractice is negligence of a health care provider that results in the injury or death of a patient. The professional can be a:

  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Dentist
  • Technician
  • Hospital worker
  • The hospital itself

The profession itself sets the standard for malpractice when a professional deviates from standard duties for which they are trained or possess experience.

No. Some injuries are unavoidable. The major factor is whether or not a medical provider failed to give you adequate medical care during your pregnancy and delivery. If a pharmaceutical company failed to provide you with proper warnings about your medication, they may also be found liable.

No. Some injuries are unavoidable. The major factor is whether or not a medical provider failed to give you adequate medical care during your pregnancy and delivery. If a pharmaceutical company failed to provide you with proper warnings about your medication, they may also be found liable.

If the child who suffered the harm is living and the injury was avoidable, damages awarded will go to the child. If the child dies or is very seriously injured, parents may also be entitled to compensation.

birth injury is a traumatic experience for everyone involved. Under some circumstances, the injury could have been avoided. This is when the medical professional who is responsible for the injury should be held accountable. There are also some birth injuries that are determined to be unavoidable.

To learn more about birth injuries in Jacksonville or anywhere else in Florida, please contact the law offices of Hardesty, Tyde, Green and Ashton, P.A. today.

Was Your Child Born with a Defect? Contact one of our Birth Injury Attorneys in Jacksonville for a Free Case Evaluation

If your child was born with a defect due to medical malpractice or someone’s negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Contact the Jacksonville Birth Injury Attorneys at Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton, P.A. today for a free consultation regarding your birth defect case. Our Jacksonville Birth Injury lawyers can tell you right away if you have a valid claim and we will aggressively protect your right to compensation.

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