Failure to Monitor Fetal Distress

Fetal distress refers to indications, both before and during childbirth, that your baby is not well.

Typically, fetal distress occurs when the baby is not receiving enough oxygen. This can occur if you don’t receive sufficient oxygen during delivery, or when a problem with the placenta or umbilical cord develops in the uterus.

Usually, doctors identify fetal distress based on an abnormal heart or uterine contraction rates they detect in you and/or your baby. Doctors use monitors, both outside and inside the body to continuously monitor these rates; however, errors can occur, including:

  • Failure to identify maternal vs. fetal heart rate
  • Failure to adequately monitor uterine contractions
  • Failure to read the fetal monitoring device corrrectly
  • Failure of the fetal monitoring device
  • Failure or delay in taking appropriate action when signs of fetal distress are present

When healthcare practitioners fail to adequately detect or respond to fetal distress as indicated by abnormal heart or uterine contraction rates, your baby may suffer a lack of oxygen that can lead to brain damage or permanently disabling conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to take reasonable care, either through negligence or oversight.

Taking reasonable care is a legal obligation. If a medical professional does not take care or makes a foreseeable error and you or your baby is injured as a result, then you may be eligible to receive compensation.

How We Can Help

Birth injury caused by failure to monitor fetal distress can have a permanent and devastating impact on your baby. At Perey Law, we have a long record of winning medical malpractice lawsuits for clients who have suffered birth injuries as result of medical malpractice.

If your baby has suffered a birth injury caused by failure to monitor fetal distress, your doctor may be at fault, and you may be eligible for compensation.

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You will only be asked to pay if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.

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