Denver Fetal Distress Lawyers
OB/GYNS and their nurses must quickly and appropriately respond to any sign of fetal distress during labor. Fetal monitors allow doctors to pay close attention to a baby’s heartrate as it is being delivered. Any delay in treatment, misdiagnosis, or failure to follow orders can result in severe injuries to the baby, even wrongful death.
If your child suffered an injury due to a doctor’s failure to diagnose fetal distress, then you may be able to recover compensation in a birth injury claim. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., our birth injury lawyers have represented parents all around the country and been awarded two of the highest medical malpractice verdicts in Colorado. We can investigate the nature of your child’s injuries and advocate for full compensation from the doctor who wronged you. Call us today at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906 for a free case evaluation.
“Fetal distress,” usually called “non-reassuring fetal status” in the medical field, occurs when a baby in utero has an abnormal heartrate or other condition that puts her at risk of suffering an injury or dying, often because the baby is not receiving enough oxygen. Doctors can detect fetal distress by paying close attention to fetal heartrate monitors, which may show an abnormally fast or slow heartbeat.
When a fetus is in distress, doctors should respond immediately. The most common issue is that the fetus is not receiving enough oxygen, which can lead to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a form of brain damage. Fetal distress may also be a sign that the umbilical cord has become compressed, that the mother has suffered a uterine rupture, or that the placenta has ruptured, cutting off important nutrients and oxygen to the fetus.
If a doctor fails to quickly diagnose or treat fetal distress, a newborn can suffer a catastrophic birth injury, such as:
Injuries caused by fetal distress may be prevented when doctors act responsibly and swiftly to protect the baby and mother. Treating the underlying cause of fetal distress can prevent the newborn from suffering a serious injury. Doctors may need to administer oxygen or fluids to improve the fetus’s heart rate, move the mother onto her side to reduce pressure on the fetus, or perform an emergency cesarean section.
Negligent actions that put a newborn at risk of suffering an injury include:
- Failing to monitor the fetus’s heart rate
- Failing to recognize fetal distress
- Delaying in performing a c-section
- Misusing equipment such as forceps or vacuums during delivery
- Failure to provide intrauterine resuscitation
The costs of a birth injury should never be laid upon the parents’ shoulders. Doctors should be trained to recognize and respond to fetal distress. If a doctor injured your child due to an act of medical negligence, then you may be eligible for compensation in a birth injury claim, and you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney.
Determining if a doctor was negligent during your child’s birth will require an in-depth investigation into their actions, consultations with other medical experts, and a thorough review of your medical records. At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we have successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, many of them birth injury cases. We can sit down with you in a free consultation, listen to what happened to your child, collect evidence of negligence, and advocate for full compensation from the party who wronged you. To sit down with a Denver medical malpractice lawyer and learn about your options, call (303) 759-9945 or toll-free (877) 433-3906.