Birth defects affect the baby from the beginning and are generally present in the womb; unlike birth injuries, they’re not usually caused by external factors or mistakes made during labour or delivery. Common birth defects include:
- Genetic disorders
- Physical abnormalities
On the other hand, birth injuries are often caused by preventable factors, such as inattentiveness or inexperience, and usually happen during labour or delivery. Common birth injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bruises or broken bones
- Perinatal asphyxia (a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain)
- Nerve or muscle injuries
- Cerebral palsy
While not all causes are known, some environmental toxins and certain medications are known to cause birth defects.
Environmental toxins linked to birth defects include:
- Petroleum products
- Mercury, lead and other heavy metals
- Certain cleaning solutions
Medications linked to birth defects include:
- Accutane and other retinoids
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other drugs used to treat depression
- Phenylephrine and certain cold medicines or nasal decongestants
In some circumstances, you may be entitled to claim compensation if your child developed a birth defect due to negligence. Contact our experienced team at LHD Lawyers to discuss your claim with a specialist birth defect lawyer.
If your child suffered a birth defect or injury due to medical negligence, you should seek legal representation as soon as possible. Birth defect compensation claims have a three-year time limit from the ‘date of knowledge’ (when you learned that a mistake by your doctor caused the birth defect).
Generally, the sooner you contact an experienced birth defect lawyer, the sooner you’ll receive compensation to ease your pain and suffering. If you’re seeking birth defect compensation, contact us today. Our specialist team of birth defect lawyers will be able to tell you if time limits apply and if additional information is needed to help build your case.
Our specialist birth defect lawyers have a long history of helping everyday Australians receive the compensation they deserve. Steps that our team often take to ensure your case is successful include:
- We assess your claim to determine if it’s valid
- We examine your medical records to determine if they support your allegation of negligence
- One or more qualified medical professionals will be consulted, and written reports to back up your allegation will be obtained
- Once we’ve established the likelihood of success, we’ll advise you on your options and next steps
- If you decide to proceed, we’ll prepare your claim by compiling all relevant evidence (including medical records and reports, witness statements, and forensic accounts) on a No Win No Fee basis.
If you believe your child has received a birth defect or injury due to medical negligence, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us online using our free online claim checker or call 1800 455 725 to begin your claim for birth defect compensation.