Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle medical malpractice cases involving premature birth injuries. Premature infants, or infants that are born a few weeks early, are at a high risk for birth defects since they are often underdeveloped and have a low birth weight. Twins, triplets, and other multiple birth children are commonly born prematurely. Premature infants can often have serious birth defects and conditions that affect them for the rest of their lives.
Physicians and hospitals are trained to identify mothers in preterm labor and take necessary steps to prevent injury or harm to the baby. If you went into preterm labor and your physician did not try to prolong the pregnancy or take other action to prevent injury or harm to the baby, you may have the legal right to file a Michigan birth injury lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for the injured child and the settlements in those cases help to provide necessary care, medical treatment, and education throughout the baby’s lifetime.
Premature Birth Injuries
A normal pregnancy lasts about nine months, or between 38 and 42 weeks. A premature birth occurs when an infant is born before reaching 37 weeks. Infants that are born prematurely are at a higher risk for birth defects because they are not yet fully developed. The earlier a child is born, the higher the risk.
Prematurely born infants often have a number of serious medical conditions and complications. These conditions can result in permanent injuries and harm to the child. Complications of premature birth include:
- Infection and sepsis
- Underdeveloped lungs
- Vision problems and blindness
- Brain bleeds
- Brain damage and mental retardation causing learning problems
Preventing Premature Birth Injuries
The doctors and medical staff should attempt to prolong pregnancy until the baby has made it to, or very near to, the full term, giving the child more time to develop. Sometimes, it may not be possible to delay the delivery of a child. However, if the physician does not make an effort to prolong the pregnancy and the baby is born prematurely and suffers from a birth defect, the physician or medical staff may be held liable for failing to take the necessary and proper action that may have prevented an injury to the baby. It is necessary to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to review the records so that a determination can be made as to whether you and your child are entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Contact a Michigan Premature Birth Injury Lawyer
If a doctor or hospital fails to take necessary to prevent a premature birth and the baby suffers an injury as a result, you should contact our Michigan birth injury lawyers immediately. We will obtain all of your medical records and have them reviewed by our medical experts. If our medical team determines that you received improper medical care, we will file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking all damages allowed under Michigan law. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means we charge no legal fees or costs unless we win you a settlement. Remember, there are specific time deadlines active when filing birth injury lawsuits, so it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation!