fetal distress

When medical malpractice harms your baby, our Baltimore and Washington D.C. lawyers are here to help

The health of a fetus is essential to the birth of a healthy infant. Without adequate monitoring of the fetus and proper care, physicians may miss the signs of fetal distress. Consequently, the results can prove deadly. If the actions of your physician resulted in injury to your baby, consult the attorneys of Schochor, Frederico and Staton, P.A. for trustworthy advice about your case. We have helped secure millions of dollars in birth injury case settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients in Washington D.C., Maryland, and across the country.

What are the causes of fetal distress?

Fetal distress occurs when the fetus does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen. This usually occurs during the delivery process, but it can also develop during the third trimester of pregnancy. While there are several potential causes of fetal distress, physician malpractice can also contribute to the problem. Some relevant errors include:

  • Failure to identify decreased fetal movements
  • Failure to adequately monitor the fetal heart rate
  • Failure to administer adequate prenatal and labor testing
  • Failure to identify risk factors and provide treatment effectively
  • Prolonging delivery
  • Failing to perform a timely cesarean section

Experienced medical malpractice attorneys fight for the compensation your family deserves

Fetal monitoring is an essential tool in the prevention of fetal distress. Throughout the late stages of pregnancy, a handheld ultrasound device is often used to monitor the fetal heart rate. The physician may also conduct tests to evaluate fetal movement within the womb. During the labor process, a fetal monitoring system is used to constantly check the fetal heart rate as well as maternal contractions. While this machine is a useful tool for the prevention of fetal distress, the treating staff must adequately monitor the results to identify potential problems.

When fetal distress is identified, there are numerous steps that the physician can take to relieve the problem and lessen the probability of further complications. Some of these include:

  • Providing intravenous fluids to the mother
  • Providing oxygen to the mother
  • Changing the position of the mother
  • Performing a quick manual or instrumented delivery
  • Performing an emergency cesarean section

Knowledgeable attorneys seek compensation for victims of medical malpractice in Maryland and Washington D.C.

If your baby experienced fetal distress during labor and delivery, contact a law firm with 30 years of experience to discuss the merits of your case. With offices in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the attorneys of Schochor, Frederico and Staton, P.A. have received numerous awards for their service to the residents of Washington D.C. and Maryland. We also represent clients in class action litigation. Schedule your confidential consultation today by contacting the office at 410-234-1000.