Fetal Distress

Fetal distress applies broadly to indications that a fetus is in some kind of trouble. Often, symptoms of fetal distress arise suddenly and unexpectedly during what had previously been a normal pregnancy. Prompt, competent action is called for at the very first signs of distress to avoid what may be potentially serious birth injury.

Medical professionals are trained to detect and react to fetal distress, and in most cases- are successful at avoiding a bigger problem.  However, when they fail to meet the standard of care, the baby may be born with a variety of medical problems from organ failure to bone fracture and various forms of brain damage.

When a birth injury results, families may consider filing a  fetal distress lawsuit against the negligent medical staff or facility.  If you believe your baby is the victim of medical malpractice, call Balkin & Eisbrouch today to discuss your legal rights and the rights of child.  The birth injury team of Balkin & Eisbrouch can help investigate what went wrong during the delivery of your baby and determine the best course of action.

What causes fetal distress?

The following common factors may cause fetal distress:

  • Diabetes in the mother
  • Prolonged labor
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Low oxygen levels in the fetus (hypoxia)

Modern technology should make it easier for the team to identify signs of fetal distress, and high-risk pregnancies should be identified from the outset. That being said, any number of variables may trigger fetal distress.

Regardless of whether indications develop gradually or suddenly, with notice or not, the medical team must follow protocol to avoid causing harm to the mother or baby. Staff will need to make quick decisions and execute their plans flawlessly. If not, they face liability.  For example, it may be critical to perform a timely C-section to alleviate asphyxia. At the same time however, they must not then commit a C-section mistake that results in a bone fracture.

Talk to a birth injury lawyer

A fetus in distress places the medical staff on notice that this delivery will require even greater degree of attention and care. Too often it is clear that the injury sustained could have been avoided had the medical staff in attendance acted according to protocol. Let our legal team uncover the circumstances surrounding the birth of your baby and help you get the justice your deserve .

The birth injury lawyers of Balkin & Eisbrouch have more than 40 years of experience fighting for families affected by birth injuries.  For a free consultation, call the lawyers at Balkin & Eisbrouch today.