If your child has been diagnosed with a birth defect, you may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, and even scared about what the future holds. While it’s natural to feel this way, it’s important to know that you may be entitled to receive compensation for your child’s injuries. In this blog post, we’ll outline some of the most common reasons why parents of children with birth defects may be eligible for compensation.
Medication You Were Prescribed During Pregnancy
If you were prescribed medication during pregnancy that ultimately caused your child’s birth defect, you may be able to file a claim against the drug manufacturer. Drug companies have a duty to produce safe medications and warn consumers of any potential risks associated with taking them. If they fail to do so and you are harmed as a result, they can be held liable.
If your child contracted a bacterial or viral infection during pregnancy that resulted in their birth defect, you may be able to file a claim against the party responsible for causing the infection. For example, if your child contracted an infection after eating contaminated food, you may be able to sue the restaurant or grocery store where you purchased the food.
If your child’s birth defect was caused by a healthcare professional’s negligence—such as if they failed to properly monitor your pregnancy or failed to diagnose and treat an infection in a timely manner—you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
No parent ever wants to hear that their child has been diagnosed with a birth defect. If you find yourself in this situation, know that you are not alone and that you may be entitled to receive compensation for your child’s injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney today to discuss your legal options.