Babies who are born prematurely face considerable health risks. In many situations, it may be possible to predict when a baby will be born prematurely and take preventative steps. Prolonging gestation to full term can help eliminate unnecessary harm. When a baby is born earlier than 37 weeks due to the negligent actions of a health care provider, an experienced California medical malpractice attorney can begin an investigation in the factors surrounding the birth.
In the United States, thousands of babies are born each year at least three weeks before their due date. Prematurity can lead serious complications, including cognitive, developmental and physical deficiencies that can last a life time. Globally, premature birth is the leading cause of death before the age of five.
While it is not possible to predict all of the factors, certain conditions signal an increased likelihood of premature birth. These include previous premature births, being pregnant with multiples, and having certain reproductive system abnormalities.
Further, in the event a child is born prematurely, health care providers must act quickly to limit the extent of harm that may be caused by the early delivery.
The failure to take proper steps to prevent a premature birth, or to provide proper care following a pre-term delivery, may constitute medical malpractice.For more information or if you believe you or someone you love has been harmed by medical malpractice, please contact the experienced Los Angeles medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP.