The welcoming of a newborn into the world should be a joyous occasion,
but some families are affected by acts of medical malpractice during labor
that can lead to serious consequences. Fetal distress is one example of
a grave medical condition that doctors must quickly recognize and treat
to prevent additional complications. If you feel that your child was affected by
birth injuries because of a doctor’s negligence, consider speaking with a legal
advocate about your family’s rights.
Fetal distress is a broad term that means the baby isn’t getting
enough oxygen. Fetal distress usually develops during labor, but may also
arise during the third trimester. Babies who are in distress will have
a weak heartbeat and reduced movement, as evidenced by a reduced kick count.
There are many
factors that can contribute to fetal distress, including anemia and high blood pressure of the mother. Fetal infections,
umbilical cord compression, and placental abruption are other possible
causes. Expecting mothers of multiples and those who develop gestational
diabetes are at an increased risk. Fetal distress is also associated with
oligohydramnios, which refers to a lower level of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.
Fetal distress is a serious health risk that requires prompt medical intervention.
If the doctor fails to diagnose and treat fetal distress in a timely manner,
the baby is at a higher risk of developing brain injuries, including brain
damage that can cause cerebral palsy or mental retardation. Doctors who
do detect fetal distress can treat it by administering supplemental oxygen
and intravenous fluids to the mother. It’s also treatable with amnioinfusion,
which involves introducing fluid directly into the amniotic cavity to
free a compressed umbilical cord. If these treatments do not work, the
doctor must perform an emergency C-section.
If your baby has been affected by birth injuries in the Long Island, New
York area, you can find the legal solutions you’re looking for at
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC. We are a team of medical negligence lawyers
who have made it our life’s work to advocate on behalf of families
affected by medical malpractice. You can reach us at (516) 858-2194 to
request a no-charge case review.