Failing to notice fetal distress puts your child at risk for serious physical and mental disabilities. As medical malpractice attorneys in the West Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale areas, we’ve seen the mistakes of health care professionals permanently alter the lives of otherwise healthy infants far too often.
Your doctor and his medical staff are responsible for monitoring your baby during labor and delivery. They are trained to look for signs of fetal distress in your baby, such as:
- Low heart rate
- Reduced movement
- Fecal matter in the amniotic fluid
- No response to stimuli
When signs of fetal distress are present, the doctor must make an emergency decision to reduce the fetal stress. Often this results in a cesarean section.
If the doctor and nurses do not act to reduce the fetal distress, the result can be serious birth injuries, which include:
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Fetal asphyxia
The effects of birth injury as your child ages can be financially and emotionally taxing on your entire family.
If your child suffered a birth injury and you would like to schedule a consultation with a medical malpractice attorney in the West Palm Beach or Ft. Lauderdale area, please contact The Cochran Firm South Florida.