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An Overview of the Causes of Birth Injuries and Defects

What Are Some Causes of Birth Injuries?

The causes of birth injuries can be broken down into two basic categories: (1) birth injuries caused by pregnancy complications and natural agents, and (2) birth injuries caused by negligence or medical malpractice. Should you take legal action? Can medications or rehabilitative therapy help treat the injury? Determining the cause of your child's birth injury is the first step in knowing how to obtain the resources you need to care for your baby.

Some of the most common causes of birth injuries and defects include:

Are There Any Risks to Be Aware Of?

Certain pregnancies are at a greater risk for birth injuries and defects. For instance, older women have a higher risk of having a child with Down syndrome. Women carrying multiples are at a higher risk for having babies with low birth weights, pre-term birth and other complications.

If you are pregnant, it is important to discuss any risk factors with your primary physician. Understanding these risks can be instrumental in preventing a birth trauma, or if you already had the baby, understanding why your child suffered an injury during the birthing process. In some cases, doctors may be held responsible for not taking action to prevent injury in a high-risk pregnancy.

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The Birth Injury Team is a subsidiary of Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C., made up of experienced attorneys and medical professionals. Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience handling birth injury cases. We are dedicated to helping parents understand their child's condition and guiding them through the process of securing the care and support they need.

To discuss your needs with one of our professionals, contact our office, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We serve clients across the United States.


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