Premature Babies and Medical Malpractice

Premature Babies and Medical Malpractice

Charlotte NC Birth Injury Lawyer

Research is now showing us how imperative it is after birth for premature babies to receive the proper supply of oxygen. Without an ample amount of oxygen to the “white matter” in the brain, the development can be damaged significantly.  In some cases the damage to the brain is so critical that the brain cannot catch up.

In certain cases, the reason for this oxygen deprivation resulting in birth injuries is medical malpractice.

In the United States, the number of babies who are born weighing less than 3.3 pounds amounts to over 60,000. In the past, many babies born that small died. Today, however, due to advances in neonatal care,the survival rate is much higher.

But the chance of brain damage in premature babies who survive is significant. Many of them suffer from cerebral palsy or epilepsy. Others struggle with such behavioral disorders as ADHD.

According to research presented at a recent meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, the babies who have the highest risk of this type of brain damage are those who were born prematurely – with as little as six months gestation in the mother’s womb.

The neuroscience research shows that, for premature babies, brain injury is caused most often by lack of oxygen not only at birth, but in the crucial days and weeks immediately after the birth.

Without a an ample amount of oxygen, there is damage to the “white matter” that sends signals from the brain throughout the body.

Doctors and nurses who work in neonatal care therefore need to be very watchful of the performance of a newborn infant’s lungs. Putting a premature infant on a mechanical breathing machine is not necessarily enough, if the procedure is not monitored properly.

Contact the Birth Injury Law Firm of Bice Law

If your child was injured during delivery, we can help you seek compensation for the damages you and your child are facing, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law.  We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly.  Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a birth injury attorney.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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