Knowing Your Rights with Child Limb Defects in Chicago
Upper and Lower Congenital Limb Deficiencies
When the arm or leg of a fetus fails to completely form, is smaller than normal, or is missing entirely, this is called an upper or lower limb deficiency. Each year in the U.S., about 750 babies are born with a deficiency of the lower limb and about twice that many with a deficiency of the upper limb. Such limb reduction defects may include:
- Missing limbs
- Fingers of toes that are not separated (referred to as webbed feet or hands)
- Shorter than normal limbs
- Blood circulation limited by a constrictive tissue band
- Extra toes or fingers
Issues for Children with Limb Defects
Depending upon the extent of the limb reduction, and how many limbs are affected, children face a number of potential issues as they grow. Issues for children with limb defects include:
- Social and emotional issues based on their physical appearance;
- Need for help in basic daily tasks such as feeding and teeth brushing;
- Development troubles with basic motor skills;
- Difficulties with certain sports, activities, or movement.
Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for Congenital Limb Defects
Determining with exact certainty why a congenital birth defect has occurred is often difficult, but there are certain exposures and behaviors that appear to be linked to the existence of upper and lower limb deficiencies. Although some of these behaviors, such as smoking, are not related to a doctor’s medical treatment, others might be. For example, exposure to certain medications during pregnancy including Lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Paxil, Clomid, and SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) have been linked in studies to congenital limb defects.
An expectant mother is entitled to have full information given to her by her doctors to allow her to make reasoned decisions about which drugs to take and which not to. This is called "informed consent." When a doctor, hospital, nurse or drug company fails to provide enough information for the mother to be fully informed, medical malpractice may have occurred.
In other circumstances, a product liability lawsuit may be filed against a pharmaceutical company that manufactured a dangerous drug or failed to provide sufficient warning labels or information. Other times, a lawsuit may be filed against a medical provider or other party who exposed a patient to certain viruses or chemicals that resulted in injury to the fetus.
These are just a few of the possible events that may lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Such a claim is filed to bring closure and justice to the family affected, provide money damages to the family to help with the care and treatment of the baby, and send a strong message to the medical provider that substandard medical care is not acceptable.
Experienced and Compassionate Chicago Birth Defect Lawyers
Since 1990, our Chicago birth injury attorneys have helped families across the state secure fair compensation for doctor negligence and medical malpractice. Many millions have been collected on our clients’ behalf to assist with the treatment and care of children who have been affected by congenital birth defects. Call Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC today at (800) 996-4824.