Birth defects are every mother’s worst nightmare. But no matter how carefully you manage your health and your baby’s health during pregnancy, a negligent healthcare provider can cause tragic and irreparable harm.
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spinal cord does not form properly. In babies with spina bifida, the backbone does not adequately protect the nerves in the spinal cord, which can cause serious damage. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. At its most severe, it can cause paralysis or affect bowel and urinary function.
As soon as you become pregnant, there are steps you can take to reduce your child’s risk of developing spina bifida. Taking folic acid can be an important first step. In addition, some prescription medications have been found to increase the risk of spina bifida. A good reproductive healthcare provider would help you learn about these risks.
Unfortunately, not all providers communicate clearly and effectively with their patients.
If your child developed spina bifida after a healthcare provider neglected their responsibility to educate you as a patient, you may be entitled to financial compensation. This can help cover the costs of your child’s medical needs as well as the cost of wages you may have missed.
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble Today
At O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, we believe that healthcare providers have an obligation to give their patients the best possible care. Our experienced team will listen to your story and help you explore your options. If someone else’s negligence caused your child to develop spina bifida, that person should be held accountable.
Contact the attorneys of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble today to discuss spina bifida, medical malpractice and potential negotiations. It is important to contact an attorney early to ensure the best possible outcome. Contact us online or call at 1-908-282-3814 or 1-800-586-5817.