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Substandard care can lead to birth defects and birth injuries

After spending months anticipating the arrival of your child, the time to give birth arrived. Throughout your pregnancy and through the birth of your child, you relied on your Kentucky doctor to make decisions and take actions that put the best interests of you and your unborn child first. When that did not happen, your child may now suffer from birth injuries and birth defects that forever alter the course of his or her life.

Many Kentucky parents are under the impression that the care received during labor and delivery constitutes the only time in which mistakes can occur that injury their newborns. That is not always the case. The prenatal care received by expectant mothers matters just as much.

For instance, if you were given a medication known to cause birth defects during your pregnancy, your doctor and the manufacturer of the drug may bear some financial responsibility for your child's current condition. You relied on others to ensure the safety of your unborn child, and that may not have happened. Anti-nausea medications and even medications designed to prevent miscarriage have been known to cause birth defects, yet they continue to be prescribed.

Complications can arise during labor and delivery that require immediate and appropriate action by medical personnel. If they fail to appropriately monitor your progress, wait too long to take action or make some other egregious mistake, your child could suffer birth injuries. For instance, using forceps during a delivery requires skill and delicacy. Any error in using this or other delivery aids could lead to irreparable harm to your child.

It can be devastating to discover that you and/or your baby may not have received the appropriate standard of care. You may want to discuss your situation with a Kentucky attorney with experience in handling cases regarding birth injuries and birth defects that should never have occurred but for some mistake on the part of your medical team or a drug manufacturer. Understanding your rights and knowing what legal options you may have could help you receive some sense of justice for you and your child.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injury Overview," accessed on Jan. 22, 2018

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