How long is a pregnancy that goes to full term?
Generally, a full-term pregnancy is considered to be between 38 weeks and 42 weeks. When you have your first prenatal visit and the doctor tells you your due date, that date is the day which is 40 weeks after the first day of your last menstrual period. Click here in order to calculate your due date.
Birth Injury Attorneys in Pittsburgh, PABabies born before 38 weeks are considered premature and are at an increased risk of having problems with their lungs and heart. Premature babies are also at an increased risk for developing cerebral palsy. Babies born after at 41 weeks and later are at increased risk to be stillborn. Those babies are also at an increased risk to suffer injuries as a result of the delivery process due to their larger size. Often, injuries during the delivery process are the result of a condition known as shoulder dystocia, where the baby's shoulder becomes lodged against the mother's pelvis during the delivery. There are specific steps a doctor is supposed to take to dislodge a shoulder dystocia. If the doctor does not do so, the baby can suffer permanent nerve damage and injury. This type of injury is known as a brachial plexus injury.
If your child was born with a birth injury or suffers from cerebral palsy, it may be the result of medical malpractice. Our team of lawyers and doctors can help you find out.
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Birth Injuries can be a devastating thing for any family to go through. Whether it was the child or mother who was injured during the birthing process, rarely does one's life ever return to it's previous state after a birth injury. Even the most respected hospitals, such as UPMC Presbyterian Hospital or Allegheny General Hospital are capable of making mistakes which could cause birth injury. The skilled birth injury lawyers at Berger & Lagnese, LLC have successfully represented clients in a wide variety of different birth injury cases in the Western Pennsylvania area. Our office is located at 310 Grant Street # 720, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Either schedule a free consultation online or give us a call at 412-471-4300.