Giving birth to a child who suffered from birth injuries can be a difficult experience, as it can be something that has repercussions for the rest of the child’s life. While some birth injuries can be a consequence of unavoidable complications during delivery, many scenarios can be traced back to medical errors, negligence or defective drugs.
If you have a child who suffered a birth injury due to complications during delivery, you may want to investigate the cause and take action against the liable parties. If you believe that defective drugs were potentially responsible for your child’s birth injuries, it is important that you take the time to understand where the law stands.
How can defective drugs lead to birth injuries?
Many drugs taken by pregnant women can be harmful to a fetus. While an expectant mother should always be advised against taking such drugs, negligent medical professionals have been known to write prescriptions for drugs that can potentially be harmful or fail to warn pregnant women of the dangers.
One of the most dangerous prescription drugs for expectant women and one of the most commonly used are anti-depressants. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) had been thought safe for pregnant women in the past. However, in the last 10 years, the dangers have become known, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now issued a warning. SSRIs have been linked with many birth injuries, from limb abnormalities and spinal cord defects to heart conditions and problems with the formation of the babies’ skulls.
In addition to SSRIs, there are several other types of drugs that can injure a fetus while it’s developing in the womb. Other anxiety-related drugs such as benzodiazepines can cause muscle control problems and affect breathing when the child is an infant. Seizure medications, acne drugs like Accutane and many antibiotics can also cause birth injuries.
All medical professionals have the responsibility to warn expectant mothers of the dangers of a certain drug. Physicians should not prescribe medications that may be damaging to their patients’ unborn babies. If you believe that you were prescribed a dangerous drug as an expectant mother and that your child suffered corresponding harm, it is important to take action.