The Michigan birth injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent children suffering Group B streptococcus (GBS) and their families against negligent doctors and hospitals. According to the American Pregnancy Association, GBS is a type of bacterial infection that can be found in a pregnant woman’s vagina or rectum, which can be passed to her baby during delivery.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends routine screening for vaginal streptococcus B for every pregnant woman. The screening is commonly performed between the thirty-fifth and thirty-seventh week of pregnancy as this is the most significant time to see if the woman carries GBS at the time of delivery. In order to perform the test, a swab of vagina and rectum is taken to the lab where it is analyzed for streptococcus presence. Results are normally handed over in 1-2 days.
If the mother-to-be tests positive for GBS an antibiotic can be used to help prevent the transmission of the disease. However, if you choose to not take antibiotics you have a 1 in 200 chance that your baby will be born with GBS, compared to 1 in 4,000 if antibiotics are consumed.
Signs of Passing Streptococcus During Delivery
Some symptoms, however, do indicate that you run a greater risk of passing streptococcus to your baby. These include:
- Rupture of membrane or labor before 37 weeks
- Rupture of membrane 18 hours prior to delivery
- Fever during labor
- Urinary tract infection during pregnancy due to GBS
- Previous delivery wherein GBS was passed to baby
There are occasions in which this infection should have been diagnosed and treated earlier and harm to the newborn could have been prevented. In those circumstances, it can give rise to a Michigan birth injury lawsuit.
Michigan Birth Injury Lawsuits for Group B Streptococcus
Families whose child suffers from Group B streptococcus due to an error on behalf of the doctor or hospital do have legal rights. The failure to deliver a newborn properly can give rise to a birth injury lawsuit for medical malpractice. To prove this type of case, it must be established that the child was born with a complication or developmental disability that was in delivery. It is important that an experienced expert attorney is contacted immediately to discuss the legal rights of your child.
Michigan Birth Injury Streptococcus Lawyer No Fee Promise
Our attorneys will represent you in your Michigan birth injury streptococcus (GBS) case under our NO FEE PROMISE. This means that you will not be charged any legal fees whatsoever unless we obtain a settlement or recovery for you. You have absolutely no obligation for legal fees unless we win your case. If we do not obtain a settlement for you, you owe us nothing!
Contact a Michigan Birth Injury Lawyer
If your child suffers from streptococcus, you should contact the Michigan birth injury firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. immediately. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced birth injury attorneys about your case. We will start working on your case immediately gathering all the evidence and witness statements to prove and win your case. Call today for your free consultation!