Fetal Distress And Oxygen Deprivation

Houston Fetal Distress Attorney

To prepare for the safest possible birthing process, doctors, nurses and other health care providers must monitor the condition of both the fetus and the mother. If you or your child was injured because signs of fetal distress or oxygen deprivation were ignored, you should talk to a birth injury attorney about your legal options.

Clients throughout the Houston, Texas, area turn to the law office of Hartley Hampton for experienced medical malpractice representation. Contact a Houston fetal distress attorney to learn more about your specific legal options.

Fetal Distress

Modern medical technology allows doctors and nurses to monitor the condition of the fetus before and during labor and delivery with an electronic fetal heart monitor. When medical providers fail to monitor properly, they may miss warning signs of fetal distress.

Taking prompt medical action is necessary when signs of fetal distress are present. Otherwise, serious injury to the infant or the mother may occur. In the most serious cases, these injuries may be life-threatening. Signs of fetal distress include:

  • Slow heartbeat
  • Bleeding or spotting
  • Rapid change in baby's movements
  • Abnormal cardiotocograph readings
  • Meconium-stained amniotic fluid

If you or your child was injured when doctors or nurses failed to respond to signs of fetal distress, you should talk to a medical malpractice attorney for an evaluation of your legal options.

Oxygen Deprivation

While there are many potential causes of oxygen deprivation in an infant during pregnancy, labor and delivery, occasionally the negligent acts of a doctor or medical professional may be to blame. Causes of medical malpractice-related oxygen deprivation (including anoxia and hypoxia) may include:

  • Failure to monitor the condition of the fetus
  • Failure to administer a timely C-section
  • Placenta separation
  • Umbilical cord compression during labor and delivery
  • Ruptured uterus

The effects of oxygen deprivation can be serious, potentially affecting a child for life. If you believe your child has suffered serious injuries or disability due to medical negligence during labor and delivery, you should talk to a birth injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Attorney Hartley Hampton works with medical experts to gain the information necessary to prove acts of medical negligence. While nothing can truly compensate you for the injuries your infant has sustained, we will work hard to get you the compensation you need to make a financial recovery.

Contact a Texas Oxygen Deprivation Lawyer

Learn more by contacting a Texas oxygen deprivation lawyer our law office. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and legal options.