When your water breaks at any time before the 37th week of pregnancy, premature
rupture of fetal membranes occurs. While premature rupture of membranes
(PROM) only occurs in roughly three percent of pregnancies, it is the
cause of approximately one-third of all preterm deliveries. Prompt treatment
of premature rupture of membranes is essential in order to prevent serious,
life-threatening consequences, such as:

  • Neonatal sepsis (infection)
  • Placental abruption
  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Interruption of blood flow to the fetus, resulting in brain damage and
    cerebral palsy

The proper standard of care is to immediately hospitalize the mother in
cases of premature rupture of membranes and place the baby on monitoring
equipment. In some cases, amniotic infusion may be required. Depending
on the what stage of pregnancy the mother is in at which premature rupture
of membranes occurs, it may be necessary to deliver the baby preterm by
Cesarean section. In these cases, corticosteroids should be administered
prior to delivery in order to minimize the risk of neonatal complications
like respiratory distress syndrome (RDS).

If you or a loved one suffered a premature rupture of membranes and feel
you did not receive the proper care at a hospital or other medical facility
in Ohio, your best interests may be served by consulting an experienced
medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer that can answer your questions
and advise you of your rights and options.

Wondering If You Have a Legal Claim? Call Us For Answers and Guidance Today

The Cleveland medical malpractice and
birth injury attorneys of The Lancione Law Firm, are committed to improving the quality of prenatal
health care in Ohio by holding negligent physicians and hospitals accountable
for the harm they cause by failing to diagnose and treat serious conditions
like premature rupture of membranes.

The team at The Lancione Law Firm has substantial legal experience and
a proven record of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements
for victims of medical malpractice and families that have been affected
by birth injury. We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 571-6862 or
contact us online to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients
in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron and other communities throughout Ohio.