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The Difference Between Birth Injuries and Birth Defects

What could be more miraculous than the development and birth of a baby? For many mothers, this time period is one of the most remarkable of their lives. But things do not always go smoothly. The joy most parents experience after the birth of a child might be tainted if the baby has an illness or injury. We can divide these into two basic categories: birth injuries and birth defects, also known as congenital disabilities. Today, we’ll explain the difference.

The Difference Between Birth Injuries and Birth Defects

Today, we’ll explain the difference between birth injuries and birth defects, also known as a congenital disabilities.

In Short

Let’s start out by summarizing the difference between birth injuries and birth defects. Simply put, a birth injury occurs during the birthing process. In contrast, a birth defect forms while the baby is in the womb.

Birth Defects

A birth defect generally results from a disturbance in the development of a fetus. Unlike birth injuries, they cannot be attributed to the negligence of medical professionals. Many of them are genetic and cannot be avoided. One notable exception to this rule, however, is the fetal alcohol spectrum of disorders (FASDs).

Here are some other examples of common congenital disabilities you should be aware of:

  • Cleft palate
  • Down syndrome
  • Spina bifida
  • Clubfoot

It has been estimated that nearly 6% of children born worldwide have some sort of birth defect. Among these, nearly half will cope with lifelong disabilities as a result.

Birth Injuries

A birth injury can occur while a mother is in labor with a child. Often, birth injuries are nearly inevitable. On other occasions, we can clearly attribute it to medical malpractice. Here are a few of the most common examples:

  • Erb’s palsy
  • Facial paralysis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Oxygen deprivation

Many birth injuries, concerning as they may be to parents, are relatively minor. Issues such as bruising or mild facial paralysis may go away in a few weeks. But some newborns are not so lucky, and could face lifelong adversity as a result of their injury.

If you suspect your child’s birth injury was caused by the negligence of a medical professional, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. As the leading medical malpractice lawyer in Baltimore and Maryland, you can count on us to work closely with you throughout the lawsuit.

A successful lawsuit can help to cover the cost of the care your child needs as a result of their birth injury. More pertinently, it can help to give you—and your child—closure.

Contact The Snyder Law Group Today

The Snyder Law Group, LLC, proudly represents clients throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. Our experienced Baltimore attorneys understand the frustration that comes with an insurance company, medical professional, or other party that refuses to accept liability for negligent or reckless behavior. You can take heart in knowing there are talented and experienced lawyers ready to work for you. We are experienced in handling personal injury claims of medical malpractice or injury resulting from serious car and truck accidents, and have secured hundreds of millions in verdicts and settlements. Please visit our website,, for more information and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

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