Premature Rupture of Membranes

My doctor caused my water to break too early, and my baby was injured. Do I have a case? The fetus is surrounded by a membranous sac, which is called the amniotic sac. When this sac ruptures, labor typically begins. When a mother’s water breaks too early, and the fetus is after 37 weeks gestational age, it is called premature rupture of the membranes (PROM). When a mother’s water breaks too early, and the fetus is before 37 weeks gestational age, it is called preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM). Preterm premature rupture of the membranes is the leading cause of preterm delivery in the United States. In some cases, the only viable option after a mother’s water breaks is delivery of the baby. In other cases, if the baby is too premature, a doctor may make the decision to hospitalize the mother and treat her with antibiotics and other medication until the baby reaches a viable age. Premature rupture of the membranes can occur from too frequent obstetrical exams, which typically occur later in pregnancy. The complications that can arise from premature rupture of the membranes include cord prolapse, respiratory distress, infection, such as chorioamnionitis, which is a serious infection of the placental tissues, postpartum infection, placental abruption, brain damage and in some cases, death. If you believe that your doctor caused your water to break to early, and your baby suffered injury as a result, call our birth injury lawyers today. We can help. We have a team of experienced and dedicated injury lawyers ready to fight for you and your baby. Often times, our birth injury clients have increasing medical bills, and are suffering from emotional distress and even job loss as a result of their child’s injury. Not only is your baby suffering, but you may be, too. Let us help you and your family. Our aggressive and experienced birth injury attorneys will seek to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. We never take a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call the Philly Legal Eagles at Rizio, Hamilton & Kane for a free consultation. You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Rizio, Hamilton & Kane, P.C. Philly Legal Eagles We are Philadelphia’s Injury Team 855-U-CAN-SUE or 215-567-1900