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Failure to Respond to Fetal Distress

It is vital to monitor an infant during pregnancy, labor, and delivery to check for any signs of fetal distress. When fetal distress occurs – such as when the baby's heartbeat becomes erratic, the baby stops moving normally in the uterus, or the baby is no longer getting oxygen to the brain – it is vital that medical staff step in quickly and intervene to help prevent any serious or permanent injury. In order to act quickly, medical staff have an obligation to carefully monitor the fetus for any signs of problems, especially during high risk pregnancies and during labor and delivery.

When hospitals and medical staff fail to monitor a fetus correctly, birth injuries can occur. If your child has been injured by medical negligence in Miami or any area hospitals, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney so that you can secure the financial resources to secure the best possible medical care for your child. If you would like to know more about your rights, contact the Flaxman Law Group for a free accident consultation to discuss your case.

What is Proper Monitoring of the Fetus?

Proper monitoring for fetal distress can include monitoring for:

  • Proper development during pregnancy
  • Fetal heart beat during labor and delivery
  • Umbilical cord depression
  • Oxygen being supplied to the infant during delivery and labor
  • Infant position before delivery
  • Positioning of umbilical cord (to ensure it is not wrapped around a child’s neck)
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Birth Injury Case in Miami or Another Florida Community?

There may be multiple liable parties in a birth injury case, including:

  • Obstetric gynecologists
  • Emergency room staff
  • Pediatricians
  • Neurologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Pharmacists
  • Nurses
  • EMTs
  • Laboratories where tests, images, or samples were taken for analysis
  • Hospital staff
  • Hospitals
  • Midwives
  • Health care facilities
  • Insurance companies

Having multiple liable parties can actually improve the chances that a family will recover fair compensation on behalf of their child. This is important, because birth injuries in Miami and Florida can lead to serious financial consequences for a family. Both parents may not be able to work because an injured child may need more care. A child who has suffered permanent injury at birth may need home care and a lifetime of treatment and visits with specialists. In addition, a family may need to plan very long-term. A child with permanent injury may require a caretaker well into old age, and will need the financial resources to pay for that. Pursuing a legal claim and fair compensation through a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community can ensure that your child is covered for life.

For a free confidential consultation, contact the Flaxman Law Group. The Flaxman Law Group legal team has more than 25 years of experience helping families and personal injury victims in Miami and across Florida pursue justice. Whether you would like information about your rights or would like to know whether you have a case, you can contact The Flaxman Law Group for a free accident consultation to discuss your situation with a caring and experienced legal professional.

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