Last updated Friday, November 24th, 2023
Unborn babies should be closely monitored for signs of fetal distress during pregnancy and during the labor and delivery processes. When there is inadequate prenatal testing or fetal monitoring, or when doctors fail to take action immediately when the monitors disclose problems, both mother and child may suffer serious or fatal injuries. Unfortunately, when doctors or other medical professionals are over-scheduled, overtired or overly confident of their own knowledge and abilities, children and families often pay the heaviest price.
At Wocl Leydon, LLC, you will find attorneys who are respected throughout Connecticut for both their commitment to legal excellence and for the work they have done on behalf of birth injury victims. In fact, other attorneys frequently refer their medical malpractice cases to our AV Preeminent* litigation firm. Our experienced trial attorneys can evaluate your case in collaboration with qualified medical experts. Their opinions as to the performance of your medical team will normally provide the foundation for your legal cause of action.
Connecticut Fetal Distress Lawyers
Fetal distress is indicated when an electronic fetal monitoring system shows the likelihood that the fetus is receiving a reduced oxygen or blood supply during labor and delivery. A failure to respond promptly and correctly to the signs of fetal distress might constitute medical negligence. A few of these warning signs include:
- Low arterial blood gas results
- Fetal tachycardia over 160 beats per minute
- Moderate fetal bradycardia (less than 120 beats per minute) with lost variability
- No variability in the fetal heart rate during labor or delivery
- Meconium-stained amniotic fluid
While fetal distress can often result from problems encountered during the perinatal period, it can also reflect the failure to diagnose or address problems that occurred during pregnancy, such as cord compression, uteroplacental insufficiency or preeclampsia.
Medical professionals and other experts who can help us evaluate the medical record and fetal heart rate monitor strips, our attorneys can develop the information necessary to answer your questions about your doctor’s negligence for failure to order a C-section or take other appropriate actions.
Helping Jurors Understand What Went Wrong in Your Delivery
One of a medical malpractice attorney’s core skills is the ability to present highly technical medical information in clear terms that a trial jury can understand. Not every lawyer possesses this skill, but it represents a hallmark of the litigation practice at Wocl Leydon. In fact, jurors in many of our past trials have told us afterward that our ability to explain the medical aspects of the cases in understandable fashions played key roles in helping them reach the right verdicts and determine the proper amounts of damages.
At Wocl Leydon, LLC, trial lawyers who have had extensive experience with fetal distress claims and other birth injury cases will be working to protect your rights and to secure a brighter future for your family. To schedule a free consultation, contact us for a free consultation in Stamford or Bridgeport.
We represent clients statewide and handle all of our medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis. There are no legal fees to pay unless we win.
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