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Premature Labour - Mismanagement and Failures in Treatment

The term "Premature labour" refers to a baby that is born before the 37th week of pregnancy. It is a common complication of pregnancy and approximately one baby in every 13 will be born prematurely.

What causes premature labour?

Whilst the cause of premature labour is not known in most cases, there are some common risk factors that your medical team should be fully aware of, for example, high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), multiple pregnancy, bleeding during pregnancy (placental abruption), diabetes, birth defects, cervical incompetence.

The risks

Babies born as a result of premature labour can suffer significant disabilities and as some are too small to cope with labour there is also a high death rate as a result of immaturity.

However, there are some risk factors that your GP, midwife and obstetrician would be expected to be aware of, and if diagnosed promptly then it may be possible to prevent or delay premature labour.

For example, infection is another potential trigger of premature labour. Vaginal infections such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomonas and group B streptococcus have all been linked to premature labour and it is possible to reduce the risk by screening for and treating such infections with antibiotics before labour starts. If it is not possible to prevent or delay premature labour, it may be possible to prepare for the premature labour and to offer maximum medical support to the immature baby.

Your medical team would be expected to recognise the signs of premature labour and to act promptly. If there is a delay in diagnosing premature labour then there will be a missed opportunity to prepare your baby for an early arrival. There may be a failure to administration steroid injections which will help mature the lungs, and help reduce the risk of complications .

In these circumstances, your baby may become severely distressed and suffer a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) resulting in severe disabilities or brain damage. In some tragic cases the injuries suffered by your child may be fatal.

How a solicitor can help

If your child has suffered a brain injury there are treatments and therapies available that can help ease the impact of symptoms such as spasticity, improving communication skills and finding other ways to do things. Caring for a child with a severe disability is stressful and demanding and seriously impacts upon the financial, psychological and physical health of the entire family.

Our medical negligence team are recognised experts in conducting claims of this nature. With the involvement of specialists such as care and occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, educational and psychological experts, and accommodation experts, we will help you to secure a financial settlement that will provide both financial security and a care package moving forward ensuring that your child’s life-long care needs will be met.

In cases of fatal injuries to your child we understand that no amount of money will ever bring back your child, but securing a financial settlement may relieve some of the immediate financial burdens that you may have and help you and your family with any support that you may need to move forward.

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