If parents learn during the early stage of a pregnancy that the fetus has a devastating birth defect, they can make an informed decision whether to continue the pregnancy. Sadly, due to negligent screening, many parents do not learn that their child has a birth defect until after the child is born.
At Miller & Wagner, our attorneys investigate and present damage claims for negligent screening for birth defects. These cases can result in a damage claim for wrongful birth. Our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. With offices in Pacific City and Portland, our lawyers represent families throughout Oregon and southwestern Washington.
Representing Families in Oregon and Washington
Advances in genetic testing and fetal imaging have allowed doctors to identify many types of birth defects early in pregnancy, including:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Down syndrome
- Spina bifida
- Tay-Sachs disease
Learning that your fetus has a birth defect can create a difficult choice. Should you terminate the pregnancy or go ahead with it, knowing what the future will hold? While the decision is heart-wrenching, proper testing at least gives mothers the opportunity to make a choice.
If you were not given the information you needed to make a choice due to a failure by your doctor to perform appropriate tests or by misreading test results, you can file a medical negligence claim against your doctor for wrongful birth. Our lawyers will seek full compensation to help you obtain the compensation you will need for the significant challenges your family will face in the future.