Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring Error Attorney: Chicago, Illinois
One of the best indicators of a baby's status during delivery is the fetal heart rate and failure to properly monitor or respond to an abnormal heart rate can cause or exacerbate any birth injuries.
An irregular heartbeat can signal the need to address a serious issue that is threatening to cause the child harm and doctors make important decisions during delivery based on the information readily available to them.
Medical Malpractice Claim Attorneys for Monitoring Mistakes
While it is never the intention for medical professionals to harm their patients, it is important that a child who must suffer his or her entire life because of an error to be able to receive the best care.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC specialize in representing the families of children who have been affected by medical malpractice and negligence-- including the failure to monitor a baby's heart rate.
Contact our attorneys to learn more about how to file a medical malpractice case against a medical professional. You can reach us online, by phone or by filling out a contact form.
Using Heart Rate to Detect Fetal Distress
There are two ways that a fetal heart rate is monitored. The first is through external monitoring. It utilizes a fetal monitor that is wrapped around the mother's abdomen in order to detect the child's heartbeat.
Once the baby's head is engaged, nurses are able to use an internal monitor that is applied to the scalp. This additional form of electronic fetal monitoring provides more accurate information in most cases.
A change in the baby's heart rate can warn doctors that the child is in distress and that action needs to be taken to prevent an injury or to save the child's life. In some cases, it can also indicate a potential complication with the mother as well.
An abnormal heart rate can be the result of any of the following conditions.
- Nuchal cord— where the umbilical cord has partially or completely wrapped around the baby's neck, cutting off circulation to the brain and causing oxygen deprivation.
- Uterine rupture or a tear in the uterus which can have serious implications to both the mother and child.
- Abnormal positioning, such as being feet first in the birth canal or difficulties resulting from the baby's head being too large.
- Abnormalities in the strength of contractions.
- Separation of the placenta from the uterine wall.
When there is fetal distress, there are many possible injuries to the baby, including brain damage. If the health care provider does not act quickly, the unborn child may suffer permanent injury.
One possible think thing that medical staff members can do to protect the unborn child is to perform an emergency cesarean section surgery after an early sign of fetal distress.
Inadequate Measures Taken to Address Irregular Heart Rate
When the hospital staff doesn't take the required measures to prevent injury to the child or mother when it is clear that the baby is in distress, the resulting birth injuries could be considered medical malpractice and the family may be able to file a lawsuit for the cost of care associated with the resulting injuries or conditions as well as any pain and suffering caused.
Attorneys for Fetal Heart Rate Birth Injuries
If you feel that the injuries your child sustained during birth were the result of negligence or malpractice, contact the birth injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney who will evaluate the details of your case and answer any questions you may have.
As a plaintiff, you may be entitled to damages such as pain and suffering and medical expenses necessary to treat your child for their lifetime when they have suffered serious injuries.
Our lawyers are located throughout Illinois and have handled numerous birth injury cases. If we are unable to collect the compensation that you are entitled to under law, there will be no charge for our services.