Practice Areas > Birth Injury > Causes of Injury > Prematurity 


Premature infants may suffer bleeding or hemorrhage within the blood vessels in the brain – intraventricular hemorrhage or intracranial hemorrhage. Bleeding with the brain may damage the part of the brain that controls the baby’s motor function resulting in cerebral palsy.  The hemorrhage may destroy or damage brain tissue resulting in a lesion of the brain called periventricular leukomalacia. 

Premature babies may also experience a respiratory complication know as respiratory distress syndrome or "RDS". Respiratory distress syndrome is sometimes referred to as hyaline membrane disease. Babies with RDS may grunt or show signs of distressed or difficulty breathing.

Medical providers may use medical interventions to prevent premature delivery. Tocolytic medications may be given to stop contractions.  If premature delivery appears to be unavoidable, medical providers may give medications called corticosteroids, like betamethasone, to mature the premature baby’s lungs before delivery.

When a child has suffered an injury related to prenatal care, labor or delivery, it is understandable for the parents to have questions about the injury, their legal rights and the legal rights of the child.  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what has happened to your child and about your legal rights.  Consultations are free – there is no obligation to call and talk with one of our attorneys.  Contact Us if we can help you.

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