Improper Fetal Monitoring During Labor
Inadequate fetal monitoring during labor and delivery can negatively affect a baby’s life forever. Many parents of children who have suffered injuries or are living with conditions caused by improper fetal monitoring don’t understand why this happened to their children. Though it is difficult to answer these questions, our attorneys are dedicated to aggressively seeking restitution for these medical errors.
More Than 30 Years Of Experience
If your baby is suffering from a catastrophic condition due to inadequate monitoring during labor, delivery or post-birth, the lawyers at McKeen & Associates can assist in identifying negligence and obtaining compensation for your family. We offer a team of attorneys with the experience to take on even the most complicated medical malpractice cases.
Medical Staff Can Make Mistakes
Proper fetal monitoring by medical staff determines whether a sufficient supply of oxygen and blood is reaching the baby during labor. If nurses or doctors fail to closely monitor the baby’s fetal heart rate and other critical information, they may not be able to quickly deliver the baby by cesarean section.
Additionally, failure to properly identify the following conditions and their effects on the baby through fetal monitoring can have devastating results:
- Hypoxia, anoxia and ischemia
- Inadequate support of blood pressure
- Kernicterus (stems from hyperbilirubinemia)
- Epidural errors
- Improper intubation
- Resuscitation errors
- Prolonged second stage of labor
- Erb’s palsy
- Intracranial or intraventricular bleeding (brain damage)
These conditions and errors caused by negligent medical staff can lead to serious injuries such as permanent brain and nervous system damage, mental retardation and cerebral palsy.
Kernicterus Is Preventable
If severe newborn jaundice is unidentified and left untreated, a baby can develop a form of brain damage called kernicterus that can lead to seizures, hearing impairment, cognitive difficulties and cerebral palsy. Kernicterus is preventable. A doctor should monitor the baby’s bilirubin levels and determine if the child is at risk of developing kernicterus. Our attorneys recommend that you seek legal counsel if your child has experienced complications from this condition.