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Fetal Distress Caused by Medical Negligence: What’s a Parent to Do?
Fetal distress happens more often than most of us would like to think. Unfortunately, it can lead to permanent problems, even death.
If your child suffered permanent brain damage or a disability from birth complications or if your child didn’t survive, you need to step back and consider what could have led to the problem. Below are some of the common factors associated with fetal distress that could have surfaced during the pregnancy or delivery:
- Mother had high blood pressure
- Mother had diabetes
- There was an infection during pregnancy
- Placenta separated from the uterine wall (a.k.a. placental abruption)
- A uterine rupture occurred
When a pregnancy is considered high risk or if complications are identified during the delivery process, it is imperative that the medical providers take action immediately. However, that doesn’t always happen. For example, doctors, nurses and other health care providers have been known to:
- Fail to recognize a high-risk pregnancy
- Fail to monitor the baby properly before birth
- Fail to act promptly when an emergency arises
As a parent, it might be hard for you to pinpoint what exactly led to your child’s condition. That is why you should consider talking with an experienced Kentucky or Ohio birth injury attorney who will be able to review your case. A lawyer will also be able to advise you on the best course of action and explain your legal rights.
For a free case evaluation, contact the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. We represent birth injury cases involving cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other types of trauma. Our attorneys have been representing injury cases in Kentucky and Ohio for over 35 years.