Fetal Distress and Birth Injuries
West Virginia Birth Injury Lawyer
During a difficult delivery, or even prior to delivery, there may be signs
that the fetus or infant is in distress. Fetal distress is an encompassing
term that describes any signs that are exhibited by the mother or the
infant that indicate that there may be a medical issue with the infant.
If a doctor or nurse fails to take note of these signals and properly
treat them, the infant can suffer a birth injury that can cause terrible,
permanent damage. If your infant sustained a birth injury that was due
to improper monitoring of fetal distress, contact a
West Virginia personal injury attorney today.
Signs of Fetal Distress
Increased fetal heartbeat
Decreased fetal heartbeat
Decreased movement of the fetus
Ailments detected through a sample of the fetus' blood
Ailments detected through a sample of the mother's blood
Ailments detected through a sample of the amniotic fluid
This is an abbreviated list of signs of fetal distress. When fetal distress
signals are overlooked or ignored, it can lead to the fetus sustaining
long lasting birth injuries. Mothers have no way of knowing if their infant
is in distress or not before or during delivery. It is the responsibility
of the doctor to carefully monitor the fetus for signs of distress, and
to act quickly and responsibly to treat them. For example, a decreased
fetal heart beat can mean that the fetus is not getting enough oxygen.
This can be caused by a number of reasons, but usually because the umbilical
cord is twisted or bent in some way. If lack of oxygen continues for an
extended period of time, the infant can suffer
brain damage which can lead to
cerebral palsy, or even
In need of a birth injury attorney? Contact the firm!
The Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC is a firm that is comprised of some of the
top attorneys in the country. They are dedicated to helping the victims
of medical negligence get the compensation they need and deserve. The
firm has obtained over 125 verdicts and settlements over $1 million, and
its attorneys have been recognized individually as top attorneys in their
fields. They may be able to help you get compensation for the increased
medical bills that were incurred as a result of the birth injury, as well
as for your pain and suffering.
If you and your family have suffered due to a birth injury that was the
result of fetal distress,
contact a birth injury lawyer today.