Fetal Distress

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Failure to diagnose and immediately treat fetal during labor and delivery can result in brain damage, cerebral palsy, and developmental delay. Fetal distress occurs when a baby is not receiving enough oxygen thru the umbilical cord, and it can result in brain damage (or death) to the baby. If the baby shows evidence of a fetal distress condition, the attending doctors, midwives or nurses must quickly take proper actions to avoid permanent harm to the baby.

Causes of Fetal Distress

Some of the many causes of a fetal distress condition include:

  • failure by the healthcare provider to give appropriate treatment during the induction of labor
  • failure by the healthcare provider to evaluate a pregnancy as high-risk
  • misuse of delivery tools, such as forceps
  • poorly administered epidurals
  • lengthy labor
  • compressed umbilical cord
  • breech position
  • feces in the amniotic fluid
  • reduction of blood supply during pregnancy or delivery

Doctor Negligence

During most deliveries, fetal monitoring is performed to evaluate the baby’s heart rate. In the event of fetal distress, the baby should be delivered as quickly as possible, many times by C-section. If you feel that your healthcare provider was negligent during your prenatal care or labor and delivery, he or she may be responsible for any injuries sustained by you or your child.

An experienced birth injury lawyer will help you hold the doctor responsible so you can receive compensation for your family’s suffering. Call Thurswell Law today for your free consultation. We can come to you, and there’s no fee unless you collect.

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