How do teratogens cause birth injuries?

Medications are supposed to help us treat the devastating symptoms of various medical conditions. They're not supposed to endanger us or our babies. Nevertheless, they can -- especially when the wrong kind of medication is prescribed to a pregnant woman who has a sensitive baby developing in her wound.

It seems like every year a new list of potentially dangerous medications is revealed as it relates to what pregnant women shouldn't taken during their pregnancies. Often, these drugs were regularly and carelessly prescribed to pregnant women for years before medical researchers discovered that the drugs are linked to birth defects and birth injuries.

Among the many types and varieties of drugs that are dangerous to pregnant women are "teratogens." Teratogens are chemicals or chemical agents that can lead to birth defects when pregnant women ingest them. The worst part about teratogens is -- in the past -- doctors specifically and purposefully prescribed them to pregnant women to assist with their pregnancies. Some of these drugs include:

  • Delalutin: This drug was used to help prevent miscarriages.
  • Bendectin: This drug was used to help alleviate nausea in pregnant women.

Did your baby suffer a birth injury after you were prescribed a teratogen by your doctor during your pregnancy? Under no circumstances should any doctor ever prescribe a teratogen-containing medication to a woman who is pregnant with child. You might have a valid medical malpractice claim that you can file in Washington civil court. If successfully pursued, such a case could help you and your family pay for medical care and other care related to your child's birth injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injury FAQ," accessed Sep. 08, 2017

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