Premature birth occurs in between eight and 10 percent of pregnancies in
the United States depending on the age of the mother. While many of these
cannot be prevented, doctors should take precautions to prevent an early
birth. They should also take actions to prevent harm to the infant after
a premature delivery at all costs.
When doctor, nurses and hospitals fail to act in accordance with the standard
of care set in place, they may be committing medical malpractice. At the
Rocky River law office of The Lancione Law Firm, we hold them accountable
for this malpractice by taking effective legal action in Ohio courts.
- Medical professionals consider a birth to be premature if labor starts
before 36 weeks of pregnancy, and a delivery before 26 weeks usually results
in the death of the fetus. Premature babies who do survive may face a
number of health challenges such as:Low birth weight
- Respiratory and breathing problems/respiratory distress
- Underdeveloped organs
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy and other neurological injuries
- Higher risk for certain health problems later in life
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There are multiple things that can cause premature delivery, including
misdiagnosed preeclampsia or other untreated conditions. Doctors should
take the necessary precautions to treat the health problem and to stop
labor. They may prescribe medications that help prevent labor and delivery.
They may also prescribe bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy. If
this is unsuccessful, or if a doctor fails to take the proper actions,
children born premature may require special medical assistance.
Many infants who are born prematurely must stay in the hospital, usually
in the NICU, until their health is stable. This may take weeks or even
months. Those born before 34 weeks may require the assistance of a ventilator
because their lungs are not fully developed.
Not every premature birth is medical malpractice. However, the team at
The Lancione Law Firm, we know that doctors, hospitals, and other health
care providers are responsible for the vast majority of medical errors
made in the United States. These errors often lead to life-changing injuries
that can take the lives of infants and their mothers or at least lead
to extensive hospital stays, multiple surgeries, physical therapy and