Heart Defect Lawsuit Compensation and Birth Injury Lawyers

Heart Defects

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Heart defects can have life-threatening complications for affected children. If you believe you have been the victim of a medical error which led to the development of a heart defect, contact a birth defect attorney immediately.

Heart defects occur when any part of the heart muscle or the blood vessels surrounding the heart fail to develop properly when the baby is in the womb. Heart defects can obstruct the flow of blood in the heart, cause blood to flow through the heart in an abnormal pattern, or cause abnormalities in the heart’s rhythm. Although some heart defects are minor and may require little to no treatment, more than half of children born with a heart defect require medical treatment to correct the malformation. One of the main possible causes of heart defects in children is exposure to certain pharmaceutical drugs, including anticonvulsant medications and chemotherapy drugs, prescribed by doctors to pregnant women. If your child was born with a heart defect, and you believe a medical mistake to be the cause, contact a qualified birth defect attorney to discuss your legal options.

Types of Heart Defects

  • Atrial and ventricular septal defects – holes in the walls that separate the left and right sides of the heart
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a malformation affecting the development of the left side of the heart
  • Patent ductus arteriosus – the failure of the channel which allows blood to bypass the lungs during fetal development to close after birth
  • Coarctation of the aorta – a narrowing of the aorta, which is the major blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body
  • Transposition of the great arteries – a defect in which the connections of the aorta and the pulmonary artery are reversed
  • Tetralogy of Fallot – a combination of four heart defects that restricts the flow of blood to the lungs
  • Aortic or pulmonary valve stenosis – narrowing of the valves that allow blood to flow from the heart to the lungs and other parts of the body

Heart Defect Treatment and Prognosis

The appropriate treatment for heart defects depends on the type and severity of the malformation, as well as the affected child’s size, age and general health. Heart defects like atrial and ventricular septal defects typically require surgery to repair the malformation and correct any lasting problems resulting from the defect. Unfortunately, even children who receive prompt treatment for their heart defect may suffer from devastating complications, including heart failure, stroke and possibly even death.

Birth Defect Attorneys for Heart Defect Injuries

Heart defects are one of the most common types of birth defects, and are also the leading cause of birth defect-related death among infants. If you or a loved one has suffered from a heart birth defect, which you believe to be the result of a medical error, contact a skilled birth defect attorney immediately. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you may be able to collect by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the allegedly negligent doctor, hospital or Ob/Gyn responsible for your care. Pregnant women put their own health and the well-being of their child in the hands of healthcare professionals on a daily basis. Unfortunately, avoidable factors like negligence and poor training contribute to a large number of medical malpractice claims. With the help of an experienced birth defect lawyer, victims of serious medical mistakes can protect their legal rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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