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Causing Factors of Birth Defects

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The topic of birth defects can be a bit complex as it’s still a subject being researched. Even if a mother has shown signs of a healthy baby, it does not guarantee their child will be born without a defect. The Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. team is here to provide you with an insight into causing factors of birth defects and what you can do if you suspect negligence had a role in your child’s defect.


Genetic abnormalities can happen in multiple ways. For the most part, these defects occur at conception when a gene becomes flawed or even missing during a change or mutation. Both a mother and father can pass down a genetic abnormality to their child, meaning these defects cannot be prevented.


Certain behaviors like smoking, drinking, and using illicit drugs can also lead to birth defects. Avoiding these behaviors can significantly reduce the baby's chance of being born with a birth defect.


Mothers who suffer from certain infections while pregnant are at a high risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects. Some of the following infections can cause birth defects:

  • Cytomegalovirus Infection
  • Rubella Virus Infection
  • Herpesvirus Infection
  • Toxoplasmosis Infection
  • Zika Virus


Some medications are not pregnancy-friendly, which is why it’s important for an expecting mother to disclose her pregnancy with her healthcare provider as soon as possible. If a doctor knowingly prescribed a mother a drug that caused direct harm to their baby, their first course of action should be to speak with an attorney.

Dealing with the cost of care after a birth defect diagnosis is difficult for any parent. Not everyone can afford the high cost, which is why a birth injury lawsuit might be in your best interest. The team here at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can assist you with achieving compensation to cover the cost of medical bills and care so your child can have the brightest future possible.

If you believe a health care professional’s negligence was the cause of your child’s birth injuries, give us a call at (844) 383-0565 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page to get started on your free initial consultation.