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Is a medical professional to blame for your baby's birth defect?

Your pregnancy and the birth of your baby can be some of the happiest times of your life. But for some parents, those months are fraught with worry and illness. As the due date approaches, the parents might be fraught with trepidation that something may go wrong.

Ideally, if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, your obstetrician is on top of the situation. They have run the right tests and taken all the proper steps to keep your pregnancy viable as long as possible to give your baby the best chance possible in life.

That's the best-case scenario. Sadly, in the most tragic cases, the parents are left broken-hearted when their babies are delivered with significant birth injuries — or worse, never leave the hospital at all.

If the obstetrician or midwife misses the classic signs of some common birth complications like preeclampsia, toxemia or gestational diabetes, the mothers and babies could suffer life-threatening consequences. Even if they both survive, either or both could be left with permanent disabilities as a result.

You trust that the midwife or doctor whom you choose to deliver your baby will be aware of any pending signs that indicate your or your baby's health may be increasingly at risk. Perhaps you may have even noticed signs that things were not progressing as they should during your pregnancy. When complications occur, you wonder whether your baby's disabilities could be attributed to a medical professional's failure to closely monitor your symptoms and avoid a medical crisis.

Not all birth injuries are the fault of the medical professionals who delivered the babies — but some are. If you question a medical provider's role in your baby's birth defects, a Boston personal injury attorney may be able to get you some needed financial relief to help you and your child cope with their conditions.

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