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A baby is considered premature if born before week 37 of pregnancy. In 2014, 1 out of every 10 infants were born prematurely in the U.S. Premature births are typically dangerous, and are the greatest cause of infant death, with the most preterm-related deaths occurring before 32 weeks.
It is imperative that physicians take the proper precautions to prolong the pregnancy as long as possible, to get the delivery as close to the due date. In many instances, a premature birth could have been avoided if the correct medical procedures had been followed.
There are a number of factors that that indicate that a mother is at an increased risk for delivering a premature baby. These warning signs need to be closely monitored by the physician to make sure that everything is being done to prevent a premature birth.
Some of the common signs that a woman is at an increased risk for delivering a baby early include:
It is imperative that a doctor know and understand the risks associated with preterm birth. If a doctor fails to notice, monitor, or treat a pregnant woman and the result is a premature birth that causes harm or even death to the infant, the doctor should be held responsible.
An infant that is born prematurely can have a number of health problems. Many of them can result in lifelong disabilities. Some of them can be very serious and can be fatal. Some of the most common risks associated with premature birth include:
Brain injuries are common problems in babies that are born prematurely, according to researchers. This is often due to a lack of oxygen, which can lead to brain damage. Lack of oxygen to a babies brain damages what is known as white matter, which provides communication to and from the brain. When this happens, birth injuries such a cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disabilities occur.
A doctor is responsible for the care of both mother and infant during and after pregnancy. He or she has a legal responsibility to ensure that both receive the best prenatal care. And the same level of care should extend into the minutes, hours, days and weeks following a baby's birth. If a doctor fails to detect, monitor or treat medical problems, they may be liable for the problems a baby develops as a result.
Physicians should have the experience, training, and knowledge necessary to handle any birth complications that arise. You should not have to bear the cost of injuries due to the mistake of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider. If a healthcare provider causes damage, they should be held accountable.
To discuss your birth injury case with an experienced Chicago birth injury attorney, contact the Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form. Receiving compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, emotional stress and loss of companionship are all damages you are entitled restitution for.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
With decades of hands-on experience working with top healthcare professionals in labor and delivery, our legal team has access to some of the top medical professionals in the world. As in many types of medical malpractice cases, high quality expert are essential in obtaining justice.
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