Fetal distress is a very general term that refers to signs during pregnancy, labor or delivery that a fetus is under par. Failure to diagnose variations of fetal distress and take timely action is recognized as one of the most salient types of obstetrical malpractice. During labor, a mother who is under the care of an obstetrician or midwife rightfully expects the attending health care provider to monitor the unborn baby’s well-being and respond accordingly if he or she is in distress. Misdiagnosis of signs of fetal distress such as the following can lead to birth injuries like cerebral palsy:
Today’s modern hospitals are well equipped to prevent birth injuries if medical staff members are attentive. Ignoring clear signs of fetal distress often leads to another form of malpractice: failing to perform a C-section in a timely manner when it is medically necessary. New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP work hard to provide new rays of hope to parents whose babies have been injured because a doctor, nurse or technician did not pay attention or take appropriate corrective action despite evidence of fetal distress during the birthing process.
From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our lawyers advise and represent clients in medical malpractice litigation throughout New Jersey. Fetal distress? Attorneys at our plaintiff’s law firm can help pinpoint the cause of your baby’s birth injury. If you or your baby suffered serious injury because of complications during the labor or delivery process in a hospital in New Jersey, talk to a New Jersey birth injury lawyer on the medical malpractice litigation team at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP.