Birth defects are functional or structural abnormalities that cause mental or physical disability. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) states that birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant deaths in the United States. 

The CDC reported six major types of birth defects:

  • Genetic defects (Down syndrome and other conditions)
  • Mouth or facial defects
  • Heart defects
  • Musculoskeletal defects (including arm or leg defects)
  • Stomach or intestinal defects
  • Eye defects

Most birth defects causes are unknown but the mother’s age and family genes may affect the risk of birth defects. Unfortunately, certain prescription medications taken during pregnancy may also cause serious and fatal birth defects. These medications include:

If your or a loved one has taken a prescription medication and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact one of our child birth defect attorneys today for a free case evaluation. 

Published November 17, 2011 by