Handling Birth Defect Lawsuits Nationwide
In the body, there are two passageways or tubes that are critical to our bodily function. These are the esophagus and the trachea. The main function of the esophagus is to carry the food we consume down into our stomachs effectively. The trachea, also referred to as the windpipe, is a tube that carries the air we breathe in and out of the lungs. Unfortunately, there are two types of birth defects that can affect the development of each of these tubes individually or impact both together.
The birth defects that can affect the esophagus or trachea include:
- Esophageal atresia – This occurs when the upper portion of the esophagus does not fully connect with its lower counterpart and the stomach.
- Tracheoesophageal fistula – This occurs when there is an irregular connection between the upper portion of the esophagus and the trachea.
Both of these defects are very serious and any child born with either of these conditions must undergo immediate surgery to repair the issue.
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What Causes Esophageal Atresia / Tracheoesophageal Fistula?
Unfortunately, roughly 50% of babies who are born with esophageal atresia and / or tracheoesophageal fistula have a primary birth defect such as tetralogy of Fallot or ventricular septal defect. Some research has suggested that these other defects may possibly be linked to the use of various medications during pregnancy, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Zoloft, Prozac, and more.
Can I File a Claim?
During such a difficult time, understanding your legal options is of the utmost importance. It is crucial that you seek the necessary help to determine the exact cause of the defect and speak with a lawyer to learn if you have the right to file a claim. At Bailey Peavy Bailey Cowan Heckaman, we can discuss your options with you and determine if you can seek compensation for the damages sustained.