What types of birth injuries could be caused by failure to respond to fetal distress?

baby_distressDoctors, nurses, and other OB/GYN personnel often use fetal monitoring devices to evaluate an unborn baby's wellbeing at prenatal checkups, and during the labor and delivery process.

Fetal monitoring allows medical providers to watch for signs that an unborn baby may be in distress, such as decreased or fluctuating heart rate, hypoxia, stained amniotic fluid, oligohydraminos (amniotic fluid deficiency), and placental abruption.

When fetal distress is detected and the cause is treated in a timely manner, birth injuries may be avoided. However, if doctors and nurses fail to recognize fetal distress or treat its cause, serious birth injuries may be the result.

Birth injuries associated with a failure to respond to fetal distress include:

  • Fetal bone fractures
  • Fetal organ damage
  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, which is brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation
  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Erb's palsy
  • Stillbirth

Many of these conditions may result in the need for expensive long-term and sometimes lifelong medical treatment. If the birth injuries were directly caused by medical negligence, victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Depending on the circumstances of the case, medical malpractice birth injury victims may have grounds for legal action against the negligent doctor, nurse, or other medical provider, as well as the hospital or medical facility where that defendant works or has privileges.

Consult an Experienced Birth Injuries Attorney

Having a baby diagnosed with a birth injury can be a frightening and confusing experience with long-term ramifications. That's why it's so important for medical malpractice birth injury victims to understand and protect their legal rights right away.

The knowledgeable and skilled attorneys with the Accident and Injury Law Group have helped numerous birth injury victims in Pennsylvania successfully resolve their cases. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free initial case consultation.


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