What’s the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect? (Getting Legal #144)

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As a Cleveland attorney for 33 years, I have taken many cases that involve birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury. Oftentimes, I am asked about the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect.

A birth injury is an injury caused to the child as a result of a medical professional’s negligence.

A birth defect is an abnormality, usually caused by a genetic concern or our environment.

There are cases where a birth defect has been caused by a bad drug. There are many drugs out there that may cause a birth defect if the mother took a medication while she was pregnant, such as anti-depressants.  Frequently, birth defects are not abnormalities and they can be caused by something unsuspecting, such as a daily medication.

If a mother suspects that something is wrong, her intuition and instinct, which is the strongest in the world, is normally correct. If she suspects that something is amiss and something is wrong, she needs to call me right away.

If you or a loved one have suffered a birth injury from a birth defect, medical malpractice, or a catastrophic injury, please call me at 1-800-55-MISNY. I will give you my direct dial cell phone number and meet with you face to face. I’ll Make Them Pay!®.

“Getting Legal” airs on CBS 19 every Friday morning at 7:55 AM.

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What is the Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect
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Learn the difference between birth injuries and birth defects. This article provides an overview of birth injuries caused by medical negligence versus birth defects caused by congenital abnormalities or environmental factors.
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