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What is the Difference between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect?

An injury that occurs during the birthing process or shortly thereafter is a birth injury. On the other hand, a birth defect originates while the child is still in the womb. While birth defects are often unavoidable, a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose by a doctor can lead to serious consequences. Conversely, many birth injuries are caused by medical negligence or carelessness. If your little one suffered injury at birth, contact a Nashville birth injury lawyer.

What leads to birth defects?

Genetic conditions, age or preventable causes can all contribute to birth defects. Malnutrition, drug use, alcohol use, smoking and ingesting certain over-the-counter medications before or during pregnancy are examples of preventable causes of birth defects.

Examples of birth injuriesTennessee Birth Injury Attorneys

Birth injuries are induced by an event during the birthing process. Sometimes these injuries are unavoidable. However, medical negligence, recklessness or carelessness could also cause your baby to incur a birth injury. Improper use of forceps or vacuum, failure to anticipate complications, inappropriate administration of Pitocin and failure to act in an emergency can lead to the following issues:

  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Brachial palsy injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Brain swelling
  • Broken bones
  • Bruising
  • Facial nerve damage
  • Facial paralysis
  • Skull fractures

Doctors, hospitals, midwives and nurses may be liable for your child’s injuries or complications. If your child has needlessly suffered during the birthing process, he or she deserves justice. Contact a Tennessee birth injury attorney if you suspect your baby has been the victim of medical malpractice.

Contact our Tennessee birth injury attorneys

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm is a personal injury law firm devoted to protecting you and your family. We focus on children’s legal issues, including birth injuries, birth defects and other potential medical malpractice cases.