Bronx Failure to Monitor Fetus Injury

Monitoring a baby during labor and delivery is an important accepted medical practice. With proper testing and monitoring a doctor can detect potentially serious problems and take steps to preserve the health of both the baby and the mother. Failure to properly monitor the fetus could result in a serious brain injury. For example, if a fetus suffers from a lack of oxygenation, the baby is at risk for a brain injury or some other serious injury that may result in the baby facing lifelong medical or developmental problems. If your baby suffered a serious injury because the medical staff failed to monitor, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Bronx birth injury lawyer who will help you pursue compensation for your baby’s injuries including medical expenses.

Types of fetal monitoring

There are two methods of fetal monitoring: external and internal. External monitoring involves strapping a device that resembles a belt around a mother’s abdomen. The device records both the mother’s contractions and baby’s heart rate. On the other hand internal monitoring involves attaching an electrode to the baby’s scalp. This type of monitoring can only be done once the mother’s cervix is dilated to 2-3 centimeters and the baby’s head is engaged. Like an external monitor, an internal fetal monitor measures the baby’s heart rate and the mother’s contractions. However, an internal monitor is more accurate. With both internal and external monitoring, the information regarding the contractions and heart rate is transferred onto strips for doctors and nurses to read.

If fetal monitoring shows variations in the baby’s heart rate, then it is up to the medical staff to intervene to ensure the health of the baby and the mother. In some cases intervention means an emergency C-Section.

Common reasons for fetal distress

During labor and delivery the baby is closely monitored because there are a number of problems that commonly arise during the process, including:

  • Compression of the umbilical cord
  • Improper use of delivery tools such as forceps or vacuum extractor
  • Bad positioning of the baby prior to delivery
  • Placental eruption
  • Lack of blood supply to the baby

If monitoring shows that the baby is in distress for any reason, the obstetrician should take steps to help the baby. Signs of fetal distress include variations in heartbeat and decreased movement. If nothing is done, both the baby and the mother are at risk.

Pursuing compensation

Medical professionals who make mistakes that result in injuries to their patients, including babies, should be held accountable. Under New York law victims have the right to hold doctors, nurses, and hospital accountable for medical mistakes by filing medical malpractice claims and demanding compensation for their medical expenses and other losses. Compensable losses include:

  • Medical expenses: The past and future medical expenses for treating the injury. A child who suffers a serious injury that requires lifelong care, such as cerebral palsy, will incur substantial medical bills.
  • Lost income: If your child suffers a permanent disability and as a result will not be able to make an income that he or she otherwise would have, then you can demand payment for lost income potential.

In addition, if your child has permanent disabilities, he or she may also be entitled to receive social security disability benefits.

The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates can help

If you suspect that you or your baby was injured because your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional failed to properly monitor the fetus, do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced New York birth injury attorney. The staff at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates is experienced in successfully representing clients who have suffered injuries due to mistakes made by medical professionals, improper treatment, incorrect diagnosis, and failure to get informed consent. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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