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Birth injuries are often caused by medical malpractice

For many parents, the birth of their newborn child is the most exciting day of their lives. However, this happy day can quickly become a devastating one if a doctor in Maryland negligently causes injury to the child. Birth injuries can occur at various points during the birthing process, but negligence typically occurs when the doctor fails to recognize a pregnancy-related disorder or fails to provide proper prenatal care.

If a baby has suffered some sort of injury, it can be difficult to determine whether the baby has a birth injury or a birth defect. Birth injuries typically involve improper medical techniques or use of birthing equipment during the actual birth. Birth defects, on the other hand, occur as a result of issues that arose prior to the birth itself. While some birth defects are caused by genetics or the baby's environment, some may be caused by the medication prescribed to the woman during her pregnancy.

In order to recover damages for your baby's injuries, you will need to prove that the doctor, hospital or pharmaceutical company failed to provide you and your child with medical care that meets the generally accepted standard of care for those in the profession. It will likely be necessary to call in medical experts to testify as to how the defendants in your case did not meet the appropriate standard of care when treating you and your baby, and that their lack of proper care caused your baby's injury. In cases involving pharmaceutical companies, you may argue that their failure to warn of the side effects and risks of pregnancy drugs caused injuries to your baby.

While nothing can erase the pain and suffering resulting from a birth injury, a successful lawsuit can provide financial support to your family during these difficult times.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injury Overview," accessed on July 3, 2017

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