Fetal Distress

Fetal distress refers to a wide range of health problems that evidence a problem with the health of a fetus.  Symptoms may occur anytime, without warning, and even during a previously  uneventful, normal pregnancy. If any issue with the fetus is not identified and resolved quickly and effectively, serious birth injuries such as brain damage or cerebral palsy may follow.

If your child sustained a birth injury after exhibiting signs of fetal distress, then you may qualify to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York against attending medical personnel. An attorney at The Sanders Firm to may be able to help. We are leaders in the field of medical negligence and are dedicated to the babies whose fetal distress should have alerted those in charge of delivery that a problem was brewing and done everything possible to avoid making it worse.

Indications of fetal distress

Several indicators of fetal distress will typically raise red flags among medical professionals:

  • Prolonged labor
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Low fetal oxygen levels (hypoxia)
  • Diabetes or infectious disease in the mother

At the first signs of fetal distress, medical staff should jump into action. Doctors, nurses, and others should be be prepared for almost any eventuality including the performance of an emergency Cesarean section. The longer the baby is deprived of oxygen, the greater the chance that the baby will sustain a long-term birth injury.  Other physical injuries may be inflicted upon the infant if attending staff panics, acts too roughly, or mishandles medical instruments such as forceps or vacuums.

Fetal Distress and medical malpractice

When fetal distress causes birth injuries, it is important to examine the circumstances surrounding the birth and determine whether medical malpractice has occurred. Such birth injuries include:

  • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Stillbirth
  • Bone fracture
  • Brain damage
  • Organ failure

Talk to a medical malpractice lawyer in New York

The Sanders Firm has over 40 years of experience litigating birth injury lawsuits in New York.  Through the years, we have built a sophisticated team of medical professionals, consultants, and investigators– all dedicated to winning justice on behalf of the families and children facing a lifetime of health challenges that should have been avoided. We have offices conveniently located in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island.

Fetal distress is treatable if medical professionals adhere to the standard of care and act quickly and competently.  Call The Sanders Firm today for a free legal consultation. There is never a fee unless we win monetary compensation on your behalf.  Call toll-free: 1.800. FAIR PLAY(800.324.7752).