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What Is the Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect?

March 10, 2014

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Each year, thousands of children in the United States are injured during the process of being born. Research indicates that in 2008, an estimated 1,952 patients suffered a Birth Injury while being delivered in United States community hospitals. Some of the most common conditions seen in botched deliveries include broken collarbones, infection, and lack of oxygen that can result in brain damage.

What many parents do not realize is that there are differences between what are known as “birth injuries” and “birth defects.”  The Ohio Personal Injury Attorneys with the law firm of Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recently discussed this topic in a video that was posted to their website.

Attorney Jonathan Mester explains the difference between the two is that a birth injury is the result of an event or problem that occurred during or after the child’s delivery. Typically, these injuries are the result of negligence or a mistake made by a doctor or their medical staff.

A birth defect is a problem with a child’s health that is considered to be congenital. These conditions are not caused by the actions of another person, but can be caused if the mother is exposed to harmful chemicals, medications, or environmental conditions while pregnant.

The attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy have helped many clients with their birth injury cases and may be able to answer the questions you have if your child was harmed during the delivery process.

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