Pittsburgh Fetal Distress Lawyers
Birth Injury Lawyers Help Families with Children Who’ve Been the Victims of Negligently-Caused Fetal Distress Injuries in Pittsburgh, PA
Birth injuries that result from fetal distress can quickly turn tragic, as these injuries can leave children with permanent disabilities and difficulties that can significantly impact their quality of life. However, with modern medicine it is often possible to quickly recognize the signs of fetal distress during pregnancy and childbirth and avoid catastrophic birth injuries to children. Unfortunately, when medical providers negligently fail to identify fetal distress or fail to render appropriate treatment and care to prevent or mitigate the impacts of complications of fetal distress on infants, children can end up suffering serious injuries such as permanent brain damage or nerve injury.
If your child has suffered permanent injury or disability due to complications from fetal distress, your family may be entitled to financial compensation when your doctors or other medical providers failed to recognize signs of fetal distress during pregnancy or delivery, or failed to take appropriate actions in response to signs of fetal distress. Contact the Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys at Berger & Lagnese for a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our knowledgeable attorneys and learn more about your rights to pursue a medical malpractice claim to recover the financial compensation your family deserves.
Potential Causes and Risk Factors of Fetal Distress
Risk factors that can lead to fetal distress include:
- High blood pressure in the mother
- Gestational diabetes
- Preeclampsia and eclampsia
- Restrictions on intrauterine growth
- Uterine hyperstimulation
- Uterine rupture
- Infection in either mother or baby
- Umbilical cord issues, including compression or crushing of the umbilical cord or wrapping of the umbilical cord around the fetus
- Placental abruption
Although no risk factor can guarantee that fetal distress will occur, they should alert healthcare providers to the possibility of fetal distress so that they can begin to monitor both mother and child throughout the pregnancy and during childbirth for signs of complication.
Berger & Lagnese Fight to Get Your Family the Compensation and Justice You Deserve When Your Child Suffers Fetal Distress Due to Medical Negligence in Pittsburgh
Unfortunately, not all mistakes committed by medical professionals constitute medical malpractice for which a patient can seek financial compensation. In order to recover compensation for the injuries and damages suffered by your child due to fetal distress, you will need to show that your medical providers violated the applicable standard of care, or the “reasonable” conduct that another provider of similar training and experience would have undertaken under identical circumstances. In other words, if another medical provider would have acted differently in your situation and it would have led to a better outcome for your child, you may have a claim for medical malpractice. Health care professionals must act quickly to confirm signs of fetal distress and determine a plan to treat both mother and child and reduce the risk of permanent injury. Failing to check for signs of fetal distress or failing to notice those signs, or delaying action to respond to potential fetal distress can all constitute actionable malpractice.
At Berger & Lagnese, our medical malpractice attorneys will work tirelessly to help your family recover the fair and full compensation your family deserves for your child’s injuries, and the financial resources you need to help your child with the injuries and disabilities caused by fetal distress. Our legal team will not rest until we obtain maximum compensation for damages such as:
- Costs of medical treatment, including surgeries, doctor’s office visits, physical and occupational therapy, and prescription medication
- Long-term care costs, including home health services or alterations to your home to accommodate disabilities your child may have suffered
- Pain and suffering
- Lost quality of life as a result of disabilities or difficulties caused by injuries from fetal distress
Our firm will aggressively pursue the best possible outcome in your case by engaging in a thorough independent investigation of your case, working with leading medical experts in obstetrics and neonatal care to establish how your health care providers rendered negligent care and how it led to your child suffering injury, engaging in negotiations to settle your case for fair and full compensation, and advocating your case at trial if necessary.
Contact Berger & Lagnese for a Free Case Review with a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorneys to Discuss Your Fetal Distress Injury Case
If your child has suffered injury due to complications from fetal distress that went undiagnosed or untreated by your medical providers, contact the Pittsburgh medical malpractice attorneys of Berger & Lagnese today for a free, no-obligation initial case evaluation to discuss your legal rights and options for seeking financial compensation for your child’s injuries and damages, and to learn more about how our experienced attorneys can help you secure the best possible outcome in your case.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fetal Distress in Pittsburgh, PA
FAQ: Who is responsible for the injuries and damages my child has suffered due to complications from fetal distress?
There may be several health care providers and entities whose negligence may have been responsible for your child’s injuries due to fetal stress; several of these injuries may each share a portion of the fault for the harm your child suffered. These parties can include OB/GYNs, nurses, EMTs who transported you to the hospital during delivery, emergency room or labor & delivery staff, or anesthetists. In addition, the hospitals and clinics that employ these professionals may also be held responsible under the doctrine of employer liability.
FAQ: Will I need to go to court to recover compensation for damages and injuries resulting from my child’s fetal distress?
In our experience, most medical malpractice cases, such as fetal distress claims, are resolved long before trial or even being filed as a lawsuit in court. Our attorneys will work diligently to try to resolve your case as efficiently as possible by negotiating a settlement of your case that provides you and your family with fair and full compensation for your child’s injuries and damages. Of course, our firm is also fully prepared to fight your case in court and at trial when it represents the best opportunity to help you and your family recover the compensation that you need and deserve.