Malformations caused by congenital infections occur when a mother gets an infection before or during pregnancy. Among the infections that may cause birth defects are rubella (German measles), syphilis, cytomegalovirus (CMV), toxoplasmosis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, parvovirus, and sometimes chickenpox. CMV is likely the most common congenital infection, and may be associated with birth defects causing hearing loss and mental retardation. If the mother is infected during early pregnancy, rubella carries the highest risk for birth defects (20%), although universal immunization in the United States has made congenital rubella syndrome fairly rare. If your child was born with a birth defect caused by a congenital infection, which you believe to be the result of a medical mistake, contact a qualified birth defect attorney to discuss your legal options.
Maternal infections during pregnancy can cause a variety of birth defects. Some possible congenital infections and their adverse effects are:
Pregnant women put their care in the hands of medical professionals throughout their pregnancy, and depend on the expertise of doctors, hospitals and Ob/Gyns to prevent any unnecessary harm from affecting them and their unborn children. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers are poorly trained, distracted on the job, or simply fail to provide the expected level of care for their patients, which can result in serious, life-altering consequences for pregnant women and their children. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect caused by a congenital infection, and you believe a medical mistake to be the cause, contact a qualified birth defect attorney to discuss your options for legal recourse. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the allegedly negligent or poorly trained hospital, doctor or Ob/Gyn responsible for your care. Birth defects caused by congenital infections can have devastating and sometimes even fatal consequences. With the help of a knowledgeable birth defect lawyer, you can collect the compensation you deserve and possibly prevent similar injuries from occurring in the future.