Peterson & Associates, P.C.

Birth Defect

Seeking Answers and Justice for Missouri Residents Since 1993

Birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born in the United States every year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means that annually, about 120,000 American babies are impacted by birth defects. While some of these cases are no one’s fault, others are preventable.

If your baby suffered a birth defect due to the negligence of another, you may have grounds to file a birth defect lawsuit against that party. You may be entitled to recover compensation for the cost of your baby’s injury (including treatment) and pain and suffering, among other damages.

Peterson & Associates, P.C. Will Fight for You

Our attorney team at Peterson & Associates, P.C. is highly skilled in handling birth defect and injury claims. We aim to protect the rights of injured parents and babies, as well as to prevent other families from future harm. Often, the best way to do this is through legal action.

Let our team advocate for you and your family. We will fight tooth and nail to hold the liable party accountable while, at the same time, maximizing your recovery. Since 1993, our client recoveries amount to over half a billion dollars in compensation.

Call a Kansas City injury attorney today at (816) 542-3492 to find out whether you qualify for a birth defect lawsuit in a free consultation.

Common Birth Defects

A birth defect can affect virtually any part of the body, from the feet to the brain. There are two main types of birth defects: structural and functional/developmental. Cleft lip is a common example of a structural defect, while Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is an example of a functional/developmental defect.

Other common birth defects include:

  • Cleft palate
  • Anophthalmia/microphthalmia
  • Anotia/microtia
  • Heart defects
  • Neural tube defects
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Omphalocele

Please note: Every birth defect is different and will impact the baby’s life to a varying degree.

What Causes Birth Defects?

First and foremost, it is important to remember that not all birth defects are preventable. As an illustration, a medication may cause a baby to be born with a certain birth defect that another baby was born with simply due to genetics.

Most often, preventable birth defects can be traced back to:

  • Alcohol or recreational drugs
  • Dietary or herbal supplements
  • Industrial chemicals and lead
  • Environmental toxins, such as pesticides
  • Prescription drugs, such as Accutane

Since there are so many different potential causes, various parties may be considered liable for a preventable birth defect. For example, if a physician continued to prescribe a pregnant woman a medication known to cause birth defects, then they may be held liable for any resulting defects. Other liable parties include landlords who fail to address the presence of lead-based paint in a pregnant person’s home or an employer who made their employee work in an unsafe environment while pregnant.

Take the First Step Toward Justice Today

Birth defect cases are complex and require an in-depth knowledge of birth injury law. At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our injury lawyers have what it takes to get to the bottom of what happened. Entrust your case to our award-winning trial team. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin in our fight for your and your family’s rights.

Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C. online today for your free consultation with a Kansas City injury lawyer.

What Our Clients Are Saying

We are proud to establish long standing relationships with our clients and we pride ourselves on offering quality, personalized, confident representation to all of our clients.

Team did a great job resolving my injury case

- Daniel G.

They were instrumental in saving my life.

- Kathy

I’m a witness to how wonderful they are as a law firm.

- Larry

Peterson & Associates, P.C. heard me and made sure I was not taken advantage of.

- Lee

I would definitely recommend Peterson & Associates

- Leesa

They get the job done

- Theresa

Choosing Our Team

Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.