New Mexico Premature Birth Injury Attorneys
A typical pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. However, in the United States, 1 in every 8 infants is born prematurely—that is, before the 37th week of gestation. Because the lungs and other organs may not be fully developed at this point, an infant born prematurely may be at risk of a number of health complications including developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and respiratory problems. Doctors and nurses caring for pre-term babies must be especially careful, constantly monitoring their health and watching for any signs of illness.
If your infant was born pre-term and suffered any type of birth injury, Bandas Law Firm can help. We seek justice for children across New Mexico who have suffered harm due to obstetrical malpractice of any kind. This includes infants who have been born prematurely and suffered complications due to a physician’s failure to provide adequate care.
Call our New Mexico birth injury lawyers at (505) 393-6303 for a free consultation if your pre-term baby has suffered from health complications. We can review your case to see if there may be links to negligence.
Preventing, Diagnosing & Treating Premature Labor
The best way to prevent injury to delicate premature infants is to ensure the mother carries a pregnancy for at least 37 weeks. Doctors can often spot indicators that a mother may deliver prematurely. If you are pregnant, it is important to be aware of what’s happening with your body and keep your healthcare team in the loop with any changes. If your doctor is aware of any signs of pre-term labor, they may be able to take action to give the baby more time to develop.
Depending on the specific case, a doctor may:
- Prescribe medication to stop contractions, prevent infection, and speed up the baby’s lung development.
- Recommend bed rest, increased fluids, and abstaining from sexual activity.
- Surgically close the cervix to prevent early delivery.
If a child is born pre-term, the doctors and nurses in the NICU should monitor its health and progress by tracking:
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate
- Blood pressure
- Blood oxygen
Depending on your baby’s needs, a care team might provide respiratory assistance, alternate feeding methods, and devices to keep your baby’s body temperature in safe ranges. If the facility your premature baby arrives in does not have the capability to do this, your doctor should immediately recommend transporting the child to a hospital that is better equipped to handle such situations.
If you believe any delays in treatment, mismanagement of pre-term labor, or another type of malpractice may have caused your infant to suffer an injury, our New Mexico firm is here to help. By listening to your story and examining medical records, Bandas Law Firm can determine whether your baby was harmed by doctor negligence. This information can help you figure out if you are eligible to file for compensation to help care for your baby, so do not wait to call us.
Our compassionate team is available at (505) 393-6303. We offer free consultations by phone or in person.