Respected Baltimore Law Firm Helps Families Affected by Birth Defects Seek Justice and Compensation
Identifying the cause of defects and holding responsible parties accountable is our first priority
Birth defects affect one in every 33 children born. Some affect how a person looks, others affect body functions. Others are fatal to the child. Regardless of the symptoms or the severity, birth defects are disruptive to a family, often requiring extensive testing, surgery, multiple courses of treatment or expensive, life-long care. The personal injury attorneys at Mallon & McCool work hard to find the cause of your child’s birth defects and if negligence was a factor. We have a long history of success with medical malpractice cases and are skilled at identifying all negligent parties. Trust us to fight for your rightful compensation.
What qualifies as a birth defect?
Birth defects can be structural or functional in nature. Structural birth defects manifest as a physical deformity of a body part. These can include cleft lip or cleft palate, abnormal limbs, heart defects and even spinal deformations that can affect the nervous system, such as spina bifida.
Functional birth defects impact the natural operations within the human body, which can cause developmental disabilities or life-threatening conditions in children. Functional birth defects include:
- Sensory problems: Blindess, cataracts and deafness are all possible defects that can be present at birth
- Nervous system and brain problems: These defects can impact both the development and cognitive ability of children and include Autism, Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome
- Metabolic disorders: Certain conditions affect how the body processes chemicals and eliminates harmful waste from the body, including phenylketonuria and hypothyroidism
- Degenerative disorders: Even children who appear normal at birth may present symptoms of defects that get progressively worse with development, including muscular dystrophy, Rett syndrome and lysomal disorders
Who or what is responsible for my child’s birth defect?
All parents feel responsible to protect their children, so when a child is born with a health problem or worse, dies in childbirth, you want to find a cause and hold someone accountable. Unfortunately, 60% of all birth defects have unknown causes. But if a cause can be determined, an attorney can help you file a claim and get the compensation you deserve. Common causes of birth defects include:
- Prescription drug Errors: The chemical compounds in medications taken under doctor’s orders could result in a mental or physical defect if prescribed improperly. Antidepressants are of particular concern for many patients
- Physicians Negligence: Birth related defects can occur when a Physician acts negligently or fails to follow proper procedure resulting in irreparable damage to the infant.
- Hospital Errors: It is a hospitals responsibility to ensure the safety of mother and child during the birthing process. When labor drugs such as Cytotec and Pitocin are used improperly, or the baby and mother are not properly monitored during their use, the baby can become oxygen-deprived and develop permanent brain damage, issues such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
If you or a loved one were subjected to hazardous working conditions while pregnant, your employer can be held accountable for putting your unborn child in harm’s way. Likewise, if any medication you took under doctor’s orders caused a physical or mental defect, you can file a suit for negligence or malpractice. Our experienced attorneys can help you find the cause and determine whether any preventative measures could have been taken to protect the welfare of your child.
Our Baltimore birth defect law firm is proud to fight for you and your child
If your child has suffered a birth defect as the result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, you deserve proper compensation and the opportunity to confront those responsible. Reach us toll free at (800) 918-8872 or contact us online. We serve various cities & counties throughout Maryland including Baltimore, Baltimore county, Howard County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s County and Harford County. Representing injured victims for more than 60 years.