During labor and delivery, the obstetrician and attending nurses rely heavily on fetal distress tests and monitors to provide up-to-the-second information about the health of the baby as the birth process occurs.
The fetal distress monitor marks the baby’s heartbeat, and fetal scalp sampling may also be used during a difficult delivery to determine whether the baby is becoming hypoxic (not getting enough oxygen).
At the first sign of fetal distress, the attending physician must take quick and appropriate steps to protect the health and well-being of both the mother and child. Sometimes a speedier vaginal delivery is called for; in other circumstances, the doctor will order an emergency cesarean delivery (C-section).
If the doctor or nurses fail to properly monitor signs of fetal distress, true tragedy can result. The baby may be born with serious injuries. The worst cases involve babies who are stillborn after signs of fetal distress are disregarded.
If your baby suffered a birth injury or was stillborn, and you have questions about whether the delivery team responded appropriately to signs of fetal distress, we urge you to seek immediate legal advice about a possible medical malpractice or medical negligence claim.
It is important for your lawyer to act quickly to obtain medical records and interview witnesses — before too much time passes, memories fade and records are possibly misplaced.
For more than 30 years, the AV-rated* lawyers of Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., have handled a wide range of medical malpractice lawsuits on behalf of clients throughout Connecticut.
From our offices in New Haven, our attorneys have built a reputation as strong advocates on behalf of infants who have suffered unnecessary serious injury as a result of a doctor’s failure to monitor and respond to signs of fetal distress. Our reputation as successful medical malpractice attorneys is supported by our long record of successful settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of injured infants and their families.
Medical malpractice lawsuits arising out of birth injuries and fetal distress claims are tragic. We see it as our solemn duty to use the full range of our legal skills to fight for full and fair financial compensation on behalf of the injured infant. Depending on the injuries, the child may need a lifetime of specialized medical care and education. A successful medical malpractice lawsuit may be the parents’ best hope of obtaining the financial resources to secure proper care for their child after a birth injury based on a doctor’s failure to respond to fetal distress.
At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all Fetal Distress Claims cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.