Birth Injury vs. Birth Defect

As a Memphis birth injury lawyer, I’ve noticed a lot of people get confused between birth injury and birth defect. Both can be devastating for families. They may result in the same symptoms and require similar treatments. But they differ on a legal level.

Birth defects occur as an accident of nature. They form in the womb during the pregnancy. They can be genetic or not, and behavior like smoking, drug use, and alcohol consumption can make them more likely. Doctors may test for birth defects throughout the pregnancy, and they may even be able to treat some problems when they arise.

A birth injury occurs because of someone else’s mistake or neglect. It’s rarely criminal, although that’s possible. But usually these injuries happen because of mistakes made in the delivery room or by doctors along the way.

Birth injuries can include:

  • cerebral palsy due to deprivation of oxygen
  • other types of palsy
  • spinal injury
  • skull fracture
  • and more

These injuries can last a lifetime and lead to medical bills and other costs that never seem to end.

Contact a Memphis Birth Injury Lawyer

If you suspect your baby was injured by someone else’s wrongdoing or mistake, you may feel lost on what to do next. At Darrell Castle & Associates, we stand by you the entire way. We understand it can be a traumatic experience to deal with a baby’s injuries while trying to get justice. And we know you carry a tremendous burden on your shoulders every day.

That’s why we make the process easy for you. We handle the doctors and insurance companies so you don’t have to. You will experience our award-winning client care, which means our staff makes it their job to treat you with compassion and respect.

Beyond all of that, we only receive compensation when you do. So you have nothing to lose by reaching out.

To get started, contact us today for a free appointment. Send us a form online or call 901-327-1212 to speak with a Memphis birth injury lawyer today.