Why Premature Births Can Lead To Medical Malpractice Suits
Having a premature baby is dangerous for both mother and child. There are two main things to be concerned about when you’re dealing with a premature baby and the possibility of medical malpractice. First is that the doctor did everything he or she should have, given the warning signs. And second is that the doctor did everything possible to provide the best possible care for the child after birth.
So how could a baby being born prematurely possibly lead to a medical malpractice suit?
Of course, every situation is different but generally the doctor will have ignored, or failed to act upon one of the warning signs for a premature baby. According to the Mayo Clinic the following factors increase the chance of a premature birth:
- Having a previous premature birth
- Pregnancy with multiple babies
- Conception through in vitro fertilization
- Smoking cigarettes or other illicit drugs
- Certain infections
There are several more circumstances that increase a mother’s chance of having a premature birth. You should familiarize yourself with all of them to be sure your doctor took the proper precautions. Doctors should pay close attention to your risk factors and take care to mitigate the effects of a potential premature birth.
The proper steps in post-birth care must also be taken by your doctor. The days immediately following the birth are integral to the short-term and long-term health of the baby. Proper post-birth care for a premature baby includes, but is not limited to:
- Placing the baby in an incubator
- Administering fluids
- Emergency surgery
- Using a feeding tube
And premature birth is no small issue. Babies who are born prematurely are at risk for a wide variety of developmental complications, both long and short-term. Short-term complications include breathing, heart, and brain problems. While longer-term problems include impaired cognitive function, behavior problems, and cerebral palsy.
When you’ve suffered as a victim of medical malpractice, which led to your baby being born prematurely, contact a Chicago medical malpractice law firm. This area of personal injury law is fraught with complex rules and procedures, so don’t leave your case to anyone but the professionals at the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo. Our legal professionals have the expertise and experience necessary to quickly understand how to argue your case to give you the best chance of victory.
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