Post Term Pregnancy Attorney
Nationwide Representation in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The healthy, average term for pregnancy is approximately 38 weeks. At 40 weeks, the pregnancy is considered to be post-term, and if a pregnancy continues longer than this there is an increased likelihood of health problems with the baby. These health problems arise because the placenta is designed to last approximately 38 to 40 weeks. After 40 weeks, it may not be able to sustain the baby’s necessary oxygen supply. This may cause serious brain injury if not addressed immediately. Lack of oxygen to the brain may cause conditions such as
microcephaly and more.
Most doctors will induce labor or perform a C-section by 42 weeks. However, during those preceding weeks the mother and baby will need to be carefully monitored, usually twice a week, to evaluate the baby’s heart rate and overall health.
Post Term Pregnancy and Medical Malpractice or Negligence
A doctor’s negligent or wrongful conduct in dealing with a post-term pregnancy can have disastrous results. A baby may suffer a serious birth injury during the childbirth or delivery process, as well as injuries from remaining in the womb for too long when the placenta is no longer functioning properly. It is important to take immediate action and consult a birth injury lawyer if your child was delivered after 40 weeks and is having difficulty with development, muscle control, balance or other similar issues.
A medical malpractice birth injury attorney can look over the circumstances of your pregnancy and delivery in order to pinpoint where malpractice or negligence may have occurred. An attorney can also determine what your claim may be worth in order to seek an amount of financial compensation that will fully cover your child’s current and future medical expenses. With effective representation, a lawyer can help you build a brighter future for your child, even in the wake of serious post-term pregnancy injuries.
Contact a birth injury attorney,at our firm today to learn more about medical malpractice and post term pregnancy.