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Posted on June 18, 2019 by

What Qualifies as a Birth Injury Versus a Birth Defect?

When a child is born, it can be one of the most joyous times in your life. But that joy can be halted quickly when something happens during the birthing process. It's heartbreaking when parents learn that their baby has a birth defect or birth injury, and many people don't know that these two are actually different. Let's talk about what those differences are. 

What is a Birth Defect?

A birth defect is something that happened to the baby while they were still in utero. Examples of birth defects might be cleft lips or tongue ties. There is really nothing that a doctor or the hospital could have done to prevent them. 

What is a Birth Injury?

When a baby has a birth injury, it's a very different situation. This means that the baby was harmed in some way during the process of being born. They usually happen because a doctor or hospital staff was negligent in some way. Many birth injuries are life altering, and in some cases, they can even be fatal. 

Getting Compensated for a Birth Injury

If you work with St. Louis personal injury attorneys for your case, we can advise you about whether your doctor or the hospital provided adequate care. That truly is the key, and discovering negligence is what will result in compensation. 

Your St. Louis personal injury attorneys are here to help you with your case.