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Pregnancy and the birth of a new life are wonderful, life-changing experiences. They are supposed to be happy times, and mothers everywhere take extreme caution during pregnancy to ensure a healthy, beautiful baby boy or girl. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 out of every 33 babies born in the United States have a birth defect from some unknown origin.
That is equivalent to around 150,000 children with structural birth defects, including malformations of organs and bones, heart defects, and cleft palate. Additionally, countless more children are later diagnosed with functional birth defects that run in the neurological, immune, and endocrine systems.
Knowing the exact cause of a birth defect can be difficult, though several studies have proven a connection between birth defects and exposure to prescription or OTC medications, chemical exposures, or toxic substances leaked into the air or groundwater.
What a Kansas City Birth Defect Attorney Can Do For You
There is a great injustice here, where excited and diligent mothers-to-be must face an otherwise unavoidable situation. At Popham Law, our Kansas City birth defects attorneys sympathize with families, and we provide a compassionate ear for any Missourian or Kansan who would like to pursue a birth defect lawsuit. These cases can be overly complex, whereas the most difficult part is proving the liability of a polluting company or a pharmaceutical company that didn’t conduct enough research before sending a dangerous medication to market.
We understand the emotional turmoil surrounding a birth defect. From our downtown Kansas City office, our experienced birth defects attorneys will stand up against powerful industries who have caused pregnant women harm. Because we work on a contingency basis, our Kansas City attorneys will investigate your lawsuit at no charge while consulting with medical professionals and renowned experts, including toxicologists, embryologists, geneticists, and many others.
For compassionate, aggressive, and experienced representation from birth defects attorneys who have treaded these waters before, call Popham Law at (816) 221-2288.
Common Causes of Birth Defects
Birth defects can come from virtually anywhere, and the unfortunate truth is that, as a society, we don’t know the full extent of health problems caused by pollution, medications, and hazardous workplace conditions. That said, large organizations such as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seek to provide pregnant mothers with safety and protection, while holding companies and people liable for their actions.
The most common known cause for birth defects, however, is from teratogens, an agent found in the environment. There are many medications capable of acting like teratogens, including ACE inhibitors, some acne medications, antithyroid drugs, lithium, some blood thinners, and many others.
Other common causes of birth defects include:
- Prescription drugs – such as Accutane, Zofran, SSRI medications, and anticonvulsant medications
- Exposure to environmental toxins – such as pesticides, heavy metals, and other hazardous chemicals found in the water, earth, or air.
- Exposure to industrial chemicals – such as solvents, paint thinners, EGEs, engraving processing materials, and cleaning fluids
- Exposure to lead – most commonly caused by ammunition, fusible metal alloys, and radiation blocking equipment
From medications to industrial chemicals, finding liable party or parties can be a fairly straightforward method. This is especially true when the FDA or another governmental agency recalls a medication or releases a Public Health Advisory.
In addition to birth defects caused by environmental toxins, drugs, or other chemicals, a structural and functional deformity could also occur at the time of birth. This is called a birth injury, and it falls within Missouri medical malpractice statute 516.105.1.
Birth injuries can occur while the mother is in labor or while actively giving birth, and the most common birth injuries include cerebral palsy, oxygen deprivation, mental retardation, Erb’s Palsy, Klumpke’s Palsy, and Brachial Plexus. In these cases, a medical professional committed malpractice that caused a significant birth injury.
Contact Popham Law
The victim of a birth defect or birth injury case can typically recover monetary damages for some of the following:
- Medical expenses (future and past)
- Future loss of earnings
- Extraordinary care
- Pain and suffering
Although financial compensation won’t solve the emotional trauma surrounding these instances, it will bring justice to the victim and possibly prevent future victims at the hands of negligent parties or companies. For these lawsuits, however, it is important to have an experienced, Kansas City birth defects attorney who has the necessary resources to effectively represent you and fight against large organizations.
Contact Kansas City’s most trusted birth defects, medical malpractice, and personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. Remember, we don’t ask for lawyer fees until you win your case. Call us now at (816) 221-2288 or visit our downtown office.