A birth defect is distinguishable from a birth injury because a birth defect originates while still in the mother's womb, whereas a birth injury occurs during the birthing process or after birth.
Birth defects can affect a child's overall quality of life. Typically, the child has physiological impairments that may or may not be treatable with surgery or other medical procedures. Birth defects may often impair the appearance of the child as well. Some birth defects are not fatal, and can be diagnosed while the baby is still in the womb. There are thousands of known birth defects at this time, but common defects include cleft lip, cleft palate, spina bifida, and Down syndrome.
Birth injuries on the other hand, are induced by an event that takes place during the birthing process. One example is the use of excessive force while the baby is coming out of the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia sometimes occurs due to excessive force while trying to maneuver the baby out of the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia can lead to lifelong complications.
Birth defects and birth injuries are prominent in our society today. Birth defects and birth injuries affect the quality of life of the child as well as their families. Medical treatments are typically lifelong, and families incur considerable financial hardship. If your child has been affected by a birth injury, a Maryland birth injury lawyer from Snyder & Snyder can explain your legal options.
The litigation team of Snyder & Snyder is experienced in trying cases involving birth defects, and birth injuries, including cerebral palsy. An experienced Maryland birth injury lawyer from Snyder & Snyder will provide a no cost consultation to discuss your legal options. Do not hesitate to call even if you think the statute of limitation or the time period to file has expired.