If this article sounds similar to a recent experience that you or a loved one have suffered from, please don't hesitate to contact us online or call 859-578-4444 to schedule a free consultation!\r\n\r\nCould Spinal Birth Defects in Kentucky Be Caused By Medical Negligence?\r\nWhen an infant is born with an illness or\u00a0birth injury in Kentucky, the baby will need extra comfort, care and medical attention. Caring for a baby that is born with a spinal birth defect can be difficult and emotionally exhausting. A child with a birth injury will need extra attention, as they may be in pain or be easily irritated.\r\nWhen a child has a spinal birth defect, it is known as spina bifida. This condition develops during pregnancy and occurs when an unborn baby's vertebrae do not grow properly. It is one of the most common birth disorders with 1 out of every 1,000 infants suffering from spina bifida.\r\nWhat are the symptoms of spina bifida?\r\nSigns and symptoms of spina bifida can vary and include a collection of fat, a birthmark, or small dimple noticed above the infant's spinal defect. In addition, a baby may have bladder and bowel problems. Other serious symptoms can include exposed spinal cord tissue, a sac protruding from the newborn's back, and paralysis of the legs.\r\nWhat causes spinal birth defects?\r\nSometimes this birth defect can occur due to medications women take during pregnancy or a lack of folic acid. Medical negligence can also be linked to this\u00a0Northern Kentucky birth injury, as doctors and medical professionals can run tests during pregnancy to screen for irregularities. Doctors should run these tests to rule out spinal birth defects. Also, doctors should inform pregnant women not to take certain medications while pregnant. If your doctor told you it was fine to be on specific medications while you were pregnant that caused harm to your unborn child, then there may be medical negligence involved.\r\nIf you believe that your doctor did not provide you with sufficient medical care and your baby was born with a birth injury, you may have a medical malpractice claim against the negligent health care professional.\r\nAt the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, we will provide you with a free legal consultation to listen to your story, evaluate your claim, and determine if we will take your case. When a\u00a0birth defect or birth injury in Kentucky\u00a0occurs, time is of the essence. Please call our qualified\u00a0Northern Kentucky birth injury attorneys\u00a0today to find out if you have a case for medical negligence. Call us at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to schedule your appointment today.