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New York Premature Birth Injury Report Card: March of Dimes Grade “D”

“More than 31,000 babies were born prematurely last year,” said Syracuse birth injury lawyer Michael A. Bottar, Esq., an attorney with Syracuse-based Bottar Law, PLLC, a team of attorneys representing families throughout New York who have a baby diagnosed with a disability after being born early.

“That means that 12% of infants born in this State are born early.” According to the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth report card released last week, New York received a “D” grade because the New York preterm birth rate was greater than 11.3% but less than 13.2%. Premature birth is one of the leading causes of death in newborns, as well as other lifelong health problems including cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, gastrointestinal problems, intraventricular hemorrhaging, respiratory problems, retinopathy of prematurity, blindness and deafness.

Where physicians and nurses fail to protect an unborn baby from the risks of being born early, or from the injuries that may accompany a premature birth, permanent injuries may follow. “While our Syracuse New york birth injury attorneys understand that it is not possible to eliminate preterm births, medicine has advanced to the point where there are modalities available to lessen or mitigate harm.”

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases. If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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