A preterm or premature birth is one that takes place more than three weeks before the baby's due date. Because a preterm birth gives a baby less time to develop, it can lead to severe birth complications such as breathing problems, heart problems, brain injury, digestive system problems and immune problems. Preterm birth can also lead to long-term health issues such as cerebral palsy.
If your child has suffered a birth injury due to preterm birth, now is a time when you may benefit with a consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse-based attorneys represent families who have suffered the heartbreak of a birth injury. Our lawyers have obtained more than $100 million in awards to help families meet the significant challenges they will face.
Could Premature Birth Have Been Prevented?
When a woman is at risk for preterm birth, doctors have a responsibility to prolong gestation and monitor the fetus for distress. Examples of conditions that increase the risk of preterm birth include:
- A previous preterm birth
- More than one fetus
- Becoming pregnant less than six months since last delivery
- Multiple miscarriages
- Overweight or underweight mother
- Chronic health conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure
- Using drugs, alcohol or tobacco during pregnancy
- Stress or injury during pregnancy
Our lawyers work with respected medical experts to review medical records and determine if your provider was negligent by not taking steps to prevent your preterm birth. If so, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, special services, lost wages and benefits, long-term care, physical and psychological therapy, pain and suffering, and related expenses.
Handling Preterm Birth Cases in Syracuse, Upstate New York and Surrounding Areas
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