Labor that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy is considered preterm labor and is not always easy to prevent. When these cases arise, a competent physician must take appropriate steps to minimize the risk to both mother and child. This may include the administration of a tocolytic agent in order to arrest labor for 48 hours, during which time the mother should be transferred to a facility that is equipped and staffed appropriately to handle preterm delivery.
The risks of preterm delivery can be severe and may include:
- Subdural hematoma
- Fetal brain bleed (intracerebral or intracranial hemorrhage) or stroke
- Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) caused by underdeveloped lungs
In addition to preterm delivery, complications may arise from mistakes in performing a Cesarean section or in monitoring and treating fetal distress. Although preterm delivery is risky, many preterm infants who receive appropriate treatment before, during and after delivery grow to lead completely healthy, normal lives.
When a mistake is made during preterm delivery results in a permanent birth injury like cerebral palsy, it is important for the family to get answers and experienced legal guidance quickly. There are options for obtaining justice and monetary compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
The Lancione Law Firm Help Improve Prenatal Care By Holding Medical Professionals Accountable
The Cleveland medical malpractice and birth injury lawyers of The Lancione Law Firm, work tirelessly to improve the safety and quality of prenatal health care in Ohio by holding negligent OB/GYNs, primary care physicians and hospitals to account for the harm they cause by failing to follow accepted standards of care in cases of preterm delivery.
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) 220-4439 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.