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Birth Defect or Birth Injury?

While many people may equate the terms “birth defect” and “birth injury,” these are two unique medical conditions with different causes and treatments. Learn about the difference between birth defects and birth injuries so you can do what’s best for your child.

The Difference Between Birth Defects and Birth Injuries

The main difference between birth defects and birth injuries is that birth defects occur before the child is born and birth injuries occur during or immediately following delivery.

A birth defect is a health problem that occurs due to your child’s DNA or due to external factors, such as the mother smoking or drinking during her pregnancy. A birth injury, on the other hand, is a health problem that a baby is born with that is usually entirely preventable. Sadly, many birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice and errors made in the delivery room while the baby is being born, including the following:

  • Pulling or twisting the infant improperly during delivery

  • Improper use of birth-assisting tools, such as forceps

  • Administering the wrong type or wrong amount of medication to the mother

  • Failure to monitor the baby properly for distress

  • Failure to perform an emergency C-section when necessary

Suspect a Birth Injury? Contact Us Today

Birth injuries may leave your child with life-long physical or mental impairments. At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, our birth injury attorneys can hold negligent medical practitioners accountable for their actions. We’re equipped to handle the largest of birth injury cases and take hospitals and insurance companies to court for our clients.

Contact us today at (502) 242-8872 to learn if we can assist you.