Fetal distress is a potentially serious condition with a broad set of symptoms that is unfortunately not well-defined – even among doctors and medical professionals. As such, it is often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed, leading to a series of improper treatments.
If your child has suffered delayed diagnosis of fetal distress, please contact the Buchanan Firm today to discuss your case. If there is negligence involved in your situation, you may be eligible for significant compensation.
Generally, fetal distress is used to describe a complication that occurs when a baby does not get adequate oxygen during pregnancy or labor. It is commonly confused with birth asphyxia, when a baby does not get enough oxygen through the labor process. However, both fetal distress and birth asphyxia come with unique signs and symptoms that differentiate each condition.
Fetal distress is often detected by abnormal fetal heart rate. Because fetal distress can occur at any point throughout pregnancy, it is important for doctors to consistently monitor the fetus’ heart rate throughout the course of the pregnancy. Failure to regularly monitor the baby can result in potentially serious consequences for the baby.
If a baby is not properly monitored throughout pregnancy and labor, physicians and other medical professionals may not know that the child is under fetal distress. A failure to properly diagnose this promptly can result in a number of complications, such as:
A delayed diagnosis of fetal distress can also affect the pregnant mother as well. If fetal distress is detected late, mothers may have to undergo an emergency cesarean section in order to remove the baby and treat them with oxygen.
Although there is no one underlying cause of fetal distress, there are many contributing factors that can serve as a precursor to fetal distress:
At every check-up throughout pregnancy, a mother should be monitored by doctors to detect any of the following symptoms. Failure to do so can be considered negligence – especially if it leads to fetal distress.
The delayed diagnosis of fetal distress can be a complicated claim to adequately assess without the guidance and counsel of a qualified medical professional. Often, many law firms consult with third-party physicians to evaluate their claims.
At the Buchanan Firm, we understand the importance of having trusted, accurate medical expertise on hand. That’s why we have a team of certified medical professionals on our staff to help us in all medical malpractice cases. Led by Helen J. Hicks, MSN, a full-time nurse with over 25 years of clinical experience, our dedicated medical team gives us the ability to make comprehensive medical evaluations on all medical malpractice cases. This direct route to medical advice gives us prompt insights in how to proceed with your case from a source we know we can trust.
If you or a loved one has dealt the with pain and suffering associated with the delayed diagnosis of fetal distress, call the Buchanan Firm today. We want to help you get answers through this tough time, and give you the support you deserve. Contact us today for a free, confidential evaluation and see how we can help.