When a woman is pregnant, doctors and other medical professionals need to carefully monitor the fetus’s heart rate, movement, position in the uterus, and other important indicators of fetal well-being.
Unfortunately, not all doctors or other medical professionals pay close enough attention to these elements, or properly interpret or respond to the findings. The result – birth injuries sometimes occur due to fetal distress. And when they do, health care professionals who ignored the warning signs should be held accountable for their actions.
Fortunately, you’re not alone. Our experienced birth injury lawyers at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices can help you every step of the way. We know what evidence to look for. We know what questions to ask. And we know how to compile that information into a successful legal case. Results matter here – and so do you.
“Fetal distress” refers to signs that a fetus is not thriving during maternity or labor. Because this term is not precise, modern obstetricians may not use this phrase to describe the exact condition or symptoms they detect. A general term also used is “non-reassuring signs of fetal development.”
A number of different symptoms are referred to as fetal distress or non-reassuring signs of fetal development. Some of these could be noticed by the mother, but many warning signs that something is wrong can only be detected with medical instruments and tests. These include:
Another sign that your baby suffered fetal distress is that he or she was cooled as an infant. This might be a warning sign that medical professionals made a mistake and your child has a brain injury due to lack of oxygen, a condition known as hypoxia.
Since fetal distress broadly refers to the health of the unborn baby being in jeopardy, there are numerous causes, including:
Physicians and other healthcare providers must make timely and appropriate medical decisions based on any combination of symptoms. For example, a doctor may decide to respond to symptoms by ordering a rapid delivery via C-section. In other instances, a doctor may simply try to treat the symptoms while the labor continues. The rapid detection of symptoms and corresponding quick action can affect the outcome of the birth.
Failure to detect symptoms of fetal distress or act upon these symptoms in a timely manner could result in birth injuries and even the infant’s death. If you or your infant suffered because the medical personnel failed to detect symptoms or act upon them, you deserve compensation. The Illinois and Wisconsin fetal distress attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices can help you get monetary compensation and justice for your expenses and pain.
We understand the emotional turmoil you are experiencing. That’s because we have worked with many families just like you. For more than 45 years, the attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices have been fighting for the rights of people affected by birth injuries in Illinois, Wisconsin, and beyond.
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