Certain medications can result in birth defects in babies. For this reason, physicians must take great care whenever prescribing medications to a pregnant soon-to-be mother. In most cases, a birth defect case related to medication will target the treating physician, pharmacist or drug company responsible for providing or prescribing the damaging medication to the mother while she was pregnant.
It’s tragic to think that a baby could live his or her life with an entirely unnecessarily birth defect because of negligence on the part of a physician, pharmacist or hospital. Nevertheless, when this happens, parents may be able to pursue compensation in court.
Here is what a medication error or defective drug case relating to a birth defect will require:
There are countless drugs that doctors have discovered cause birth defects in unborn babies. An example of one is a drug that doctors were prescribing for morning sickness called Zofran. This anti-nausea drug primarily used for cancer patients can create a host of birth defects for a developing fetus, including congenital heart problems, orofacial and septal defects, malformed kidneys and stillbirths.
If your baby was born with a serious birth defect, it’s important that you get to the bottom of why. If the reason relates to a problematic medication a doctor prescribed, you may want to look deeper into your legal rights and options. The doctor could be financially liable to pay for your baby’s medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages.