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Birth Defects

Birth Defects Injury Lawsuits

Birth Defects Injury Lawsuits

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Birth Defects Injury Lawsuits

Birth Defects

Birth defects affect nearly one in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. Birth defects are the primary cause of infant deaths, accounting for more than 20%. Babies born with birth defects have a larger chance of illness and long-term disability than babies without birth defects. Birth defects occur while a baby is developing in the mother’s body. Birth defects can be discovered up to one year of birth, with the majority of birth defects detected within the first 3 months of pregnancy. The severity of birth defects can range from mild, where a surgery can correct the birth defect or to serious, leading to death.

Types of Birth Defects

Types of Birth Defects

There are different types of birth defects that cause physical or mental disability in the infant.

Birth defects can affect almost any part of a baby’s body. Approximately 1 out of every 100 to 200 babies born each year are diagnosed with a heart defect. Brain and spine defects are other regular birth defects.  These birth defects affect an estimated 1 of 1,000 pregnancies. Brain and spine birth defects are less frequent than heart defects, but they often cause many fetal and infant deaths. Birth defects of the lip and roof of the mouth are also common. These types of birth defects, are known as orofacial clefts, and consist of cleft lip, cleft palate, and combined cleft lip and cleft palate.  Cleft lip is more common than cleft palate. 

Hypospadias is a birth defect that is considered non-life threatening. Babies with hypospadias, the opening of the urethra (where urine comes out) is not at the tip of the penis but on the underside.  Treatment depends on how far away from the tip the opening is and can involve complex surgery.  This defect is rarely as serious, but it can cause great concern and sometimes has high medical costs.  It seldom causes death.

What Causes Birth Defects

Close to 3% of babies born each year in the United States suffer from birth defects. Women over the age of 35 years have a greater chance of having a child with Down syndrome than women who are younger. Certain prescription drugs taking during pregnancy can increase the chance of birth defects. The following are some drugs that can cause birth defects: Accutane, Crestor, Cytotec, Lamictal, Lexapro, Paxil, Soriatane, and Terbutaline. Lastly some women have a higher chance of delivering a baby with a birth defect because someone in their family had a similar birth defect.

Legal Help For Victims Affected By Birth Defects

If you or a loved one has taken a prescription medicine and given birth to a child with a birth defect, please fill out the form at the right for a free case evaluation by a qualified defective drug attorney or call us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).



 

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Smoking During Pregnancy Ups Birth Defect Risks, May Lead to Fussy Babies

Nov 5, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
A Mother's Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy Not Only Increases the Chances that her Infant Will be Born with a Cleft Lip or Palate A mother's cigarette smoking during pregnancy not only increases the chances that her infant will be born with a cleft lip or palate, but can also have an effect on a baby's behavior, according to two new studies published in "The Journal of Pediatrics".  An accompanying editorial said that the studies' findings indicate that smoking has become a major...

Study Reveals Fertility Treatments Induce Gene Mutations in Males

Aug 28, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP
IVF & ICSI Effects On Male Offspring. Chinese researchers are reporting that the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another assisted fertility technique called that is called intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to conceive appears to increase the odds of Y-chromosome defects or "microdeletions" in male offspring.  Although this study was small, it "at least sounds an alarm about the genetic safety of assisted reproductive technology," the investigators conclude.This means...

Study finds more risks to unborn in epilepsy drug Depakote

May 4, 2007 | Los Angeles Times
One in four women who took the widely used epilepsy drug valproate while pregnant gave birth to children who were mentally retarded, double the rate among women who took other epilepsy medicines, researchers said . The report, presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Boston, was the latest to document the potential dangers of valproate to the unborn. Last summer, researchers reported that 1 in 5 women who took the drug, sold as Depakote by Abbott Laboratories,...

Epilepsy Drug Can Increase Risk for Newborns, Study Says

May 4, 2007 | www.tuscaloosanews.com
Doctors reported yesterday that expectant mothers with epilepsy who took a commonly prescribed drug to control seizures were at increased risk of having a child with mental deficits. Toddlers who had been exposed in the womb to the drug Depakote, from Abbott Laboratories, scored seven to eight points lower on I.Q. tests at age 2 than those whose mothers had been taking other epilepsy drugs while pregnant, the study found. They were twice as likely to score in the range associated with mental...

DuPont Settles Birth Defect Lawsuits

May 4, 2007 | AP
The DuPont Co. has agreed to pay $9 million to settle two lawsuits alleging that the fungicide Benlate caused birth defects in children, according to court records and a federal regulatory filing. In a Wednesday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, DuPont said it had reached a tentative settlement of lawsuits filed in 1997 on behalf of children in Britain and New Zealand born without eyes or with abnormally small eyes, defects also noted in the offspring of laboratory rats...

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