If doctors identify the issue early enough, almost every illness or injury is treatable, or at least manageable. But in delayed diagnosis situations, doctors lose perhaps the only treatment edge they have. Just like your doctor must act quickly, you must also act quickly and partner with a delayed diagnosis of fetal distress lawyer in Michigan to protect your rights.
At Buchanan Firm, our fast-responding and dedicated professionals hit the ground running. These professionals include individuals with medical backgrounds. As a result, our clients get more than the aggressive advocacy of a top medical malpractice attorney. They also gain the additional perspective of a medical professional. These individuals help our delayed diagnosis of fetal distress attorneys represent you better, and they are also available to answer your medical questions.
Generally, fetal distress is an umbrella term for any complication that arises during the labor and delivery process. Fetal distress usually means the fetus is not getting enough oxygen or other nutrients to survive. So, this situation is one of the most serious complications that a mother and baby can endure.
When expectant mothers first arrive, nurses are supposed to connect various monitors and other devices to the mother’s body to continually monitor fetal health. But these gadgets are often very delicate. So, when the mother moves around as part of the labor process, the monitors may fall out of place. Inattentive nurses and doctors may not recognize the dangerous situation until it is too late.
In a similar vein, some doctors do not use the right kind of equipment. Or, they may not use the equipment the right way. Instead, they go with their guys and trust their education and experience. Sometimes, patients pay a dear price for the doctor’s overconfidence.
Excessive labor-inducing drugs, such as Pitocin, are perhaps the greatest source of fetal distress. Most deliveries are scheduled inductions. If the mother’s body is not ready to deliver, no amount of drugs can make it ready. Yet many doctors continually increase Pitocin levels to dangerously high levels.
Pitocin makes contractions stronger and more rapid. As a result, the mother’s uterus does not have enough time to recover between contractions. So, the fetus may not get the nutrients it needs.
Pre-existing maternal conditions, like diabetes or a history of difficult labors, sometimes cause fetal distress as well. Doctors should fully account for these things, but as mentioned, their overconfidence sometimes takes over.
Still other times, fetal distress occurs suddenly and without warning. As long as the mother is properly connected to the proper monitoring devices, sudden fetal distress is not a problem. But if the doctor lacks this information, the fetal distress goes undiagnosed.
Time is absolutely critical in these situations. If the baby does not have enough oxygen, hypoxia (lack of oxygen) may cause permanent brain damage in as little as five minutes. This brain damage could take on many forms, including:
Damages in a medical malpractice case usually include more than compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering. Michigan delayed diagnosis of fetal distress attorneys are usually able to obtain substantial punitive damages as well. So, medical malpractice victims usually receive both compensation and justice.
Delayed diagnosis of fetal distress could mean a lifetime of pain and suffering. For a free consultation with an experienced delayed diagnosis of fetal distress in Michigan, contact Buchanan Firm. Home and hospital visits are available.