New research reveals that many states around the country still experience high rates of premature births. According to the 2012 March of Dimes’ Premature Birth Rate Report Card states such as Florida received “D” ratings as the result of close to 90,000 pre-term births occurring from 2009-2011. This makes up nearly 13% of the births in that state. California received a “B” rating, with 9.8% of all infants born before 37 weeks of gestation.
A premature birth can result in serious infections, jaundice, meningitis and pneumonia. It can cause brachial plexus injury, injuries to the brain, cerebral palsy, respiratory distress, and other cognitive delays.
Although in many instances, a pre-term birth may not be preventable, other times warning signs exist and a skilled physician or other health care professional can take steps to prevent this potentially dangerous situation from occurring. Failure to diagnose and resolve these factors through preventative actions, or misdiagnosing the symptoms, can both lead to an unnecessary premature birth.
Further, it is important to provide immediate specific attention and medical care after your baby is born to ensure you infant doesn’t suffer due to his or her early delivery. The failure to take the appropriate actions in either of these instances can have disastrous results and your physician may be found liable for medical malpractice.
If you believe your child may have been born prematurely unnecessarily or that your doctor or other health care professional failed to take the proper steps after your child was born to reduce the possibility of injury from premature birth, it is important to speak to a California premature delivery attorney right away. In many instances, you may be able to recover compensation that can help pay for a lifetime of medical care and therapy.