January is Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month

Understanding the Key Causes of Birth Defects

Birth defects are not a relic of the past. Defects, both mental and physical affect nearly 3 percent of all live births, according to the federal government. Some of the largest causes of such defects are unwitting exposure to chemicals and drugs by the mother, causing severe injury to the baby to be.

Of course, there are other causes for birth defects as well. Many physicians and pediatricians agree that some of the key causes of such defects include:

  • Genetic factors. This includes potential recessive genes from one or both parents.
  • External conditions. This can include a number of factors, including exposure to chemicals or adverse stress. Altogether, this is one of the largest factors. In some cases, smoking and drinking by the mother cause the defects.
  • Mother’s age. The risk of severe birth defects increases dramatically for mothers over the age of 40.
  • Issues at birth. This could include the very last stages of pregnancy or even in the process of childbirth itself. Errors made by physicians or severe physical strain during birth could cause issues for children just entering into life. This sometimes includes the use of medical implements harming the baby– often including limbs, or drugs.
  • Early delivery. In some cases, babies born too early may not be fully developed. This may happen due to issues with the fetus itself. In other cases, this is done due to a risk to the mother’s help. Furthermore, this often happens unexpectedly. In these cases, the risk of defects is much higher, as well as the risk of premature death.
  • Understanding the Legal Ramifications

    That is why activists declared January as the national Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month. If you are a parent whose infant was affected by exposure by chemicals or drugs, you have legal options. No baby deserves injury due to no fault of its own. The experts at the Ehline Personal Injury Law Firm APLC is here to help with our free consultation. Read more about the subject elsewhere on our site.

    Legal Information for the Smiths Medical Drug Infusion Pump Recall

    The Most Severe Class of Recall

    The FDA issued a Class 1 recall of a popular type of medical pump used by a variety of facilities across several states. In addition, the error includes a pump type that could face future issues or recalls in the future.

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the recent news. A severe software error means that the pumps intended to save lives may instead be a severe risk. This includes the real possibility of injury or death. The pumps are made by Smiths Medical. Over 600 pumps distributed to consumers in three states are affected.

    The pumps themselves were sold under the moniker Medfusion 4000 Syringe Pumps with Firmware Version 1.7.0. As a result, this recall includes a variety of different patients. Smiths Medical distributed them to children’s hospitals, neonatal intensive care units, as well as operating rooms and adult critical care units. The pump is supposed to move medications at a constant rates at a low or high dosage. However, the firmware error means that the low battery alarm may not work. This could result in the patients not being able to receive the medicine needed. In the case of the most critical drugs, this could result in severe injury or death.

    Legal Options if You are Injured due to this Recalled Product

    Fortunately, no one has been reported killed by the malfunction. However, the company received at least 74 complaints linked to the product. In addition, the company asked consumers to locate these pumps in October and send them back for reprogramming. However, this may have even wider implications in the future. Due to the intricacy of these devices, even a tiny malfunction could lead to death.

    If you or a loved one suffered due to a malfunctioning medical pump, contact the legal experts at the Ehline Law Firm APLC. Our years of experience are here for you. Our consultation is free. We work on contingency– so we don’t charge unless we win for you. It’s our promise.


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