A normal pregnancy is about 40 weeks. Preterm labor that occurs after week 20 and before the 37th week may lead to premature birth. Doctors and medical professionals have options that may prevent premature birth since this can lead to serious physical and cognitive issues.
Your family may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages due to preterm labor negligence. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at 1-844-908-0346 or complete the form on this page for a free case review with a birth injury lawyer for preterm labor negligence in your state.
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Preterm Labor Risks and Complications
Preterm labor causes babies to be born prematurely. As shown by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, these infants need extensive neonatal care. Premature babies typically have underdeveloped lungs, hearts, and other organs. They may need assistance with breathing and feeding.
Prenatal care is the key to preventing preterm labor and birth injuries. Medical professionals should look for symptoms of preterm labor, such as contractions, vaginal bleeding, or constant low, dull backache. There are medications and treatments that slow or halt the early labor so that the baby can continue to develop and grow.
Babies who are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy are at risk for lifelong health and behavioral problems, including poor vision and learning difficulties.
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How a Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Family
If your family experienced premature birth caused by preterm labor negligence, you could be entitled to compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group is a nationwide group of lawyers who will hold negligent medical providers accountable. A birth injury lawyer for preterm labor negligence will work on a contingency basis, so you pay attorney fees only if they recover compensation.
It is challenging for most people to pursue compensation from a negligent medical provider. A birth injury lawyer can help with legal services that include:
- A careful review of the circumstances of your labor, delivery, and birth
- Consult experts on the potential liability of your medical provider
- Secure evidence that your medical provider did not take proper steps to diagnose or treat preterm labor
- Show how this negligence caused your baby to be born too early
- Prove that this premature birth led to financial damages such as medical bills, lost pay, and pain and suffering
Common Damages from Preterm Labor Negligence Cases
Each family is unique, but the most common damages in these cases are:
- Medical expenses including neonatal care, extended or repeat hospitalization, and necessary treatments
- Lost pay
- Pain and suffering
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Preterm labor negligence can result in premature birth. Babies who are born too early often have extensive physical, cognitive, and behavioral difficulties that require long-term care.
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Preterm Labor Negligence News
Judge Halts Hospital From Taking Baby Off Life Support
Deciding to take anyone off life support, much less a baby, is a heart-wrenching decision. A fight in Texas between a hospital and a family over this issue has ruled in favor of the family for now. NBC 4 reported on the case.
A young girl was born prematurely in a Ft. Worth hospital. She suffers from a rare heart problem, lung disease, and high blood pressure. The baby went into respiratory arrest in early July and has been on a ventilator ever since.
The family wants to keep the baby on life support, but doctors are invoking a rule in Texas that says they can remove life support despite a family’s refusal if an ethics board believes nothing further can be done, no other provider will take the child, and ten days have passed.
A judge filed a restraining order, but questions were raised about the impartiality of the judge. A new judge heard the case and upheld the restraining order until the beginning of the year. Doctors have testified that there’s nothing they can do to clinically improve the child’s condition. Furthermore, because the child is not brain-dead she can feel pain. Giving further interventions is considered cruel, according to the doctors.
The family refuses to give up. A pro-life organization is helping with the fight and is looking for other providers who will take the baby. The hospital has reached out to 20 other locations. None will take her.
New Link Discovered In Cells That May Control Fetal Inflammation
Fetal inflammation is one of the major causes of premature birth. Unfortunately, due to barriers to delivering drugs through the placenta, controlling this inflammation has been impossible. But researchers in Texas and South Korea have found a new way that the cells of the mother and the fetus communicate that could provide a path for drug delivery. ScienceDaily reported on the discovery.
The research focused on compounds called exosomes that are involved with communication between the mother’s cells and the cells of the fetus. Prior research found that these compounds signal maturity in the fetus and trigger labor and delivery.
What they discovered is that there is constant two-way communication between mother and child through these compounds. Tracking fetal exosomes can reveal new indications about the baby’s health in a non-invasive way. Furthermore, it’s possible that drugs could be slipped in through an exosome bundle from the mother to the fetus.
The researchers have received a three-year grant to study this process further. If they can find a way to control fetal inflammation, it could prevent a million deaths a year and greatly reduce the number of premature births, which are responsible for so many birth injuries.
We hope that this research bears fruit and leads to new treatments!