Did Your Doctor Mismanage Fetal Distress? Learn About Your Options

Fetal Distress

Experienced New Mexico Birth Injury Attorneys

"Fetal distress." These are two words you never want to hear in association with your child or your pregnancy, but it can occur and should be immediately identified and treated. Fetal distress may be described as any situation wherein an unborn baby is at risk of suffering a serious injury. Conditions like cerebral palsy and developmental delays may be caused by failures to recognize fetal distress.

The New Mexico birth injury lawyers at Tom Rhodes Law Firm are here to offer guidance and counsel if your child suffered harm because of a failure to diagnose or address fetal distress. We know these are complex and highly emotional cases and strive to provide not only the experienced legal representation necessary to seek a positive resolution, but the compassionate, personal attention you need during these trying times.


Call our offices at (505) 544-4088 for a free case evaluation.


Signs of Fetal Distress

The following are potential signs of fetal distress:

  • Decreased movement in the womb
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Cramping
  • High maternal blood pressure
  • Significant maternal weight gain
  • Decreased infant heartrate during delivery

Obstetricians, OB/GYNs, and nurses have an obligation to properly monitor an infant during labor or delivery, watching monitors or using other methods to quickly identify any signs of fetal distress. Once recognized, fetal distress may be addressed by an emergency C-section or by an appropriate treatment based on its cause. Quick thinking is crucial if serious complications are to be avoided.

Call a New Mexico Birth Injury Lawyer Today

Mismanaged fetal distress can lead to serious birth injuries, including hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, and brachial plexus injuries. These cases are complex and notoriously difficult to litigate, but our New Mexico birth injury attorneys have the resources and the skill to succeed.


Contact our team at (505) 544-4088 to discuss your case and how we can help.


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