Fetal distress during labor, often caused by an interruption of blood flow
to the fetus, is the leading indicator that an emergency C-section is
required and is usually the only course of action for the wellbeing of
both the mother and the child. An emergency C-section can enable doctors
to deliver a baby rapidly and restore proper flow of oxygen to the baby’s
brain. Without an emergency C-section, the risk of fetal brain injury,
cerebral palsy, and other birth injuries and possibly even death may be great.

Signs of fetal distress that may appear on an electronic fetal heart monitor include:

  • Fetal bradycardia or tachycardia
  • Late decelerations
  • Loss of fetal heart rate variability

Doctors and nurses are trained to recognize the subtle and sometimes complex
signs of fetal distress. When, through negligent fetal monitoring or failure
to recognize these signs, doctors fail to perform an emergency C-section
and a child suffers serious injury or dies, this may form the basis of
a medical malpractice claim.

Failure to perform an emergency C-section may not, in and of itself, constitute
medical negligence. However, what is required is a detailed investigation
into the medical records and the timeline of events during delivery. What
is most important is to obtain the facts and with answers in hand, an
experienced lawyer can then offer sound advice as to how to proceed and
if there’s a case at hand.

Get The Answers And Guidance You Need Today

If you, your child or a loved one suffered serious injury during childbirth
and you suspect a doctor’s failure to perform an emergency C-section
was the cause, the Cleveland law firm of The Lancione Law Firm, can help.

The team we have built at The Lancione Law Firm has substantial experience
and a proven record of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements
for victims of medical malpractice and families that have been affected
by birth injury. Our firm works tirelessly to improve the safety and quality
of health care during labor and delivery in Ohio. We hold negligent physicians
and hospitals accountable for injury and loss of life caused by failure
to follow appropriate standards of care, including failure to perform
an emergency C-section to remedy serious complications that arise while
giving birth.

We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 571-6862 or
contact us online to schedule an appointment. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients
in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron, Youngstown and other communities
throughout Ohio.