For parents in New Jersey facing the aftermath of fetal distress during childbirth, understanding your legal options can help you get needed relief. Fetal distress can lead to severe birth injuries or health issues, and when these are the result of medical negligence, legal action may be necessary. The NJ fetal distress attorneys at O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC are experienced professionals committed to supporting families affected by such incidents.

If you suspect that medical malpractice contributed to fetal distress and subsequent birth injuries, it’s essential to seek legal support. Our NJ fetal distress lawyers are ready to help you navigate these challenges while protecting your rights and the well-being of your child. We advocate for the justice and compensation your family deserves, focusing on your needs throughout the legal process. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with a NJ fetal distress attorney on our team. 

Understanding Fetal Distress and Medical Malpractice

Fetal distress refers to signs before or during childbirth that indicate the unborn child is under stress. This condition can lead to medical malpractice claims when healthcare professionals fail to detect or appropriately respond to these distress signals, resulting in harm to the child or mother.

What Is Fetal Distress?

Fetal distress refers to signs indicating that the unborn baby is not well. This can include abnormal heart rate or other indicators suggesting the fetus is not receiving enough oxygen. Fetal distress often requires the doctor to make critical decisions during delivery. If such complications are not managed correctly, birth injuries may result.

Identifying Medical Negligence

Medical negligence occurs when healthcare professionals fail to appropriately monitor, diagnose, or treat fetal distress, leading to harm. In New Jersey, fetal distress can result in medical negligence if any of the following things happen: 

  • Monitoring failures. Medical negligence can occur when healthcare providers fail to adequately monitor fetal heart rate and other distress indicators. This oversight can lead to missed signs that a serious problem is occurring.
  • Delayed response. Negligence is also evident in delayed responses to fetal distress, such as hesitating to perform a necessary C-section. Such hesitation can result in prolonged oxygen deprivation and subsequent birth injuries.
  • Standard of care violation. New Jersey law mandates that healthcare providers adhere to a standard of care, including timely and appropriate responses to signs of fetal distress. Deviating from this standard constitutes negligence.

Families affected by such negligence have the right to seek compensation for medical, emotional, and financial damages.

The legal framework in New Jersey ensures that you can get justice and support for your family by holding healthcare providers accountable for their actions or inactions in managing fetal distress.

Advocacy for Fetal Distress Cases

A NJ fetal distress lawyer on our team can help you pursue justice by securing compensation for medical expenses, ongoing care, and other damages resulting from medical negligence. Our approach involves thoroughly investigating the medical care provided, consulting with medical experts, and building a strong case to effectively represent your interests.

Long-Term Consequences and Support

Addressing the long-term impact of birth injuries resulting from fetal distress is a critical part of our advocacy. In a fetal distress lawsuit, the court awards damages to compensate for the extensive financial and emotional impact of medical negligence on the child and family. The purpose of such a damages award is to cover the lifelong costs and losses resulting from the injury. Some examples of losses you can recover include the following: 

  • Medical Expenses. This includes immediate and ongoing medical care costs, such as hospital stays, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation or therapy.
  • Future Care Needs. Compensation can cover future medical and care expenses, especially for children who need lifelong support due to resultant disabilities.
  • Lost Earnings. The court can award damages for the child’s potential lost earnings. These damages are important in cases where the malpractice compromises the child’s ability to work and support themselves in the future.
  • Pain and Suffering. This compensates for the physical pain and emotional distress suffered by the child and family.
  • Punitive Damages. In cases of egregious negligence, punitive damages may be sought to punish the responsible party and deter similar misconduct in the future.

Damages awards aim to provide financial relief and support to the affected family. 

Speak with a NJ Fetal Distress Attorney to Learn More About Your Rights

If your child suffered a birth injury, it’s possible that the negligence of a doctor or another medical professional caused your child’s condition. At the New Jersey medical malpractice law firm of O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble, LLC, we have a long history of helping families recover meaningful compensation for their losses–and will continue to go through for years to come.

We provide free consultations to all prospective clients, so there is no risk in calling to learn more about your options. And because we take fetal distress cases on a contingency basis, we will not accept payment for our services unless and until we are able to connect your family with monetary compensation. Call today to learn more and schedule a free consultation. You can also connect with us through our secure online contact form.