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The Link Between Teratogens and Birth Defects
Sadly, five of every 1,000 babies born in the United States today are injured during birth, and birth injuries are not uncommon in Annapolis . While some injuries are caused by physician negligence or error, birth defects can also be caused before a baby is even born. Teratogens are a common culprit. Teratogen is a general term in medicine that refers to any chemical or agent that caused birth defects. Unfortunately, teratogens were initially developed by pharmaceutical companies to ease the symptoms of pregnancy. When unsuspecting women took these medications, their babies were sometimes born with serious medical conditions. Delalutin and Bendectin are two examples of teratogens known to cause birth defects. Delalutin was administered to women to prevent miscarriage, while Bendectin was given to pregnant women to alleviate nausea. If you believe your baby was born with a birth defect caused by one of these medications, or if your infant was injured during birth, contact a medical malpractice attorney. Your lawyer can help you take on big hospitals and insurance companies so you and your family get the compensation and care you deserve.