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Fetal Distress & Failure To Timely Perform A Cesarean Section

Military Medical Malpractice Attorney

Fetal distress and failure to timely perform a Cesarean section can result in serious injury or death to a child or mother during childbirth. If you or someone you love has suffered a medically related injury or loss of life due to military medical negligence under these circumstances, we strongly urge you to contact a military medical malpractice lawyer at our firm to discuss your situation. We are experienced in evaluating the medical care given by nurses and doctors during childbirth to help determine whether your baby's injuries were caused by negligence.

Medical malpractice during the delivery of a baby often results from the failure of doctors or nurses to recognize the signs of fetal distress. During labor, the baby's heart rate is monitored at regular intervals, and often is checked continuously by an "electronic fetal heart rate monitor." The pattern of the baby's heart rate (one that dips dramatically with contractions and does not rise to a safe level) may be evidence that the baby is not getting enough oxygen. Sometimes the problem is a simple one caused by the baby resting on the umbilical cord. This can often be corrected by having the mother turn on her left side. However, sometimes the problem is much more serious and may be caused by the cord being wrapped around the baby's neck or trapped between the baby and the mother's pelvis. The problem is often made worse because the mother has been given drugs to speed up delivery (such as Pitocin, Oxytocin, or Syntocinon) that result in more forceful and frequent contractions of her uterus. The correct diagnosis of fetal distress often is treated by an emergency Cesarean section ("C-section") delivery.

Failure To Diagnose As Medical Malpractice

The failure to diagnose fetal distress and the rescue of the baby by performing an emergency C-section in time to prevent injury to the baby can result in cerebral palsy or other perinatal birth injuries. If your baby has suffered a severe injury during birth, it may be the result of medical malpractice. By getting the experienced and competent legal advice of a military medical malpractice attorney at our firm, you can make an informed decision about your legal options for recovering the financial compensation to which you may be entitled for damages.