The Phoenix malpractice attorney at The Law Office of Robert H. Kleinschmidt, P.C., in Scottsdale knows that when a doctor delays in performing crucial medical procedures or is negligent in response to an infant’s signs of fetal distress, the baby’s parents may sue the doctor or hospital for medical malpractice. An irregular fetal heartbeat is often an indication that the baby is deprived of oxygen and is in distress. Any delay in diagnosing or delivering an infant who is in imminent danger may cause the infant to suffer irreparable organ or brain damage, mental retardation, cerebral palsy or death.
When Is An Emergency C-Section Warranted?
If a doctor confirms that a baby is in fetal distress, then a cesarean delivery may be necessary within a short window of time to prevent birth asphyxia. Here are some of the conditions that may warrant an emergency C-section:
- Abnormal fetal positioning or presentation in the birth canal
- Meconium aspiration syndrome (aspiration of fecal material and amniotic fluid)
- Compressed umbilical cord; nuchal cord (cord is wrapped around baby’s neck)
- Lack of blood supply or oxygen to the baby’s brain
- Premature separation of the placenta (placenta previa)
Demanding Accountability When Hospital Or Doctor Negligence Results In A Failure To Plan
An expectant mother relies upon her obstetrician to monitor her health and the health of her unborn child. When an obstetrician breaches that duty by failing to use their knowledge and skills to adequately care for the patient(s), it can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It is protocol for an obstetrician to schedule a glucose-screening test for an expectant mom between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy to detect the presence of gestational diabetes. If a woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, she is often at risk for giving birth to a large for gestational age (LGA) infant.
As a woman’s pregnancy progresses, her doctor may be able to determine the size of the fetus by measuring the mother’s abdomen or by ordering ultrasound scans. If tests indicate that a baby is extremely large, the baby is likely to have difficulty passing through the birth canal during delivery.
If a doctor fails to plan for the delivery of the child by C-section, knowing that the infant’s size can compromise a normal vaginal delivery, the doctor may be putting the health of the mother and child in jeopardy.
Birth Risks Associated With LGA Infants
An LGA infant is at risk for becoming lodged within the birth canal during labor. The baby may not be able to pass beyond the pubic bone and is prone to birth injuries and complications such as:
Long-Term Health Needs Of Catastrophically Injured Children
A doctor’s delay in a birth unit can result in a lifetime of pain and suffering to your child. If you sense that a doctor’s error has resulted in catastrophic neurological delays in your child, please call us as soon as you suspect your child is injured or impaired. We will do everything in our power to obtain justice for your child and to seek the type of settlement or jury award that can provide for his or her long-term health needs.
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