The failure to monitor a baby during pregnancy and labor is one of the leading causes of preventable birth injury in Memphis. Fetal monitoring allows doctors to detect fetal distress and complications that otherwise would be unknown, many of which are correctable with immediate medical attention. When this critical information is overlooked, problems like insufficient oxygen and umbilical cord complications are more likely to lead to serious brain injuries and even the death of the child. In Tennessee, doctors who fail to monitor a child may be found negligent for their omission and held liable for the resulting damages.
If your child has experienced a birth injury because a doctor or medical professional failed to properly monitor the baby, you may be entitled to legal recourse. Fill out a free consultation on the right to receive legal advice from an experienced Morgan & Morgan birth injury lawyer.
What kind of monitoring are doctors expected to do?
When a baby is being born, a team of medical professionals are expected to measure the baby's heart rate, take ultrasounds, check for abnormalities, run fetal distress tests, and note the mother's testimonials concerning fetal movement. Further, medical teams are expected to connect fetal heart rate monitors and check them regularly during delivery, in case complications arise during childbirth.
If a medical team's failure to monitor leads to a preventable birth injury, such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, or Erb's palsy, the doctors and nurses responsible may be held liable for any resulting injuries or death.
Memphis medical professionals may be held liable for:
- Failing to monitor fetal development and recognize complications
- Failing to realize umbilical cord problems
- Failing to act with pre-existing fetal conditions in mind
- Failing to monitor the infant's vitals during pregnancy and birth (such as with a fetal heart rate monitor)
- Failing to recognize or act on indications of fetal distress
Contacting an Attorney
While there is surely no sum of money that can make up for a grievous birth injury error, the skilled birth injury lawyers at Morgan & Morgan can help ensure that you are not burdened financially because of a doctor's negligence. Memphis birth injury victims may be entitled to file a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking damages including medical expenses, pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, loss of normal life, and possibly punitive damages.
To find out if you may be entitled to compensation for your child's birth injury, fill out our free, no-obligation case review form today.