There is nothing more devastating to a family than the death of a child. Unfortunately, fetal death does happen and can occur at any stage of a pregnancy. While fetal death can occur due to natural causes, in other cases it can be due to medical malpractice. Where the negligent actions of a physician, medical staff, or hospital results in the loss of your baby, Bobby Jones Law can help you to obtain compensation from those responsible.
Bobby Jones is an experienced Greenville, SC birth injury lawyer, with a proven track record of advocating on behalf of families that have experienced the tragedy of a fetal death. Contact Bobby Jones Law today to discuss your rights and options.
Common Causes of Fetal Death
There are many potential causes of fetal death. Some common ones include:
- Undiagnosed and untreated gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a dangerous condition that can lead to premature birth, preeclampsia, and complications due to fetus weight gains. OB/GYNs are responsible for testing for gestational diabetes. This typically occurs through blood sugar tests that are administered throughout the course of the pregnancy. Moreover, the physician should identify common risk factors for developing gestational diabetes such as a family history of diabetes and obesity.
- Failing to cease the use of Pitocin. Pitocin is a medication that physicians administer to induce labor. Labor is typically induced following a prolonged and unsuccessful delivery or signs of distress in the mother or baby. If complications arise from the use of Pitocin and the physician fails to cease use, it can result in fetal death.
- Failing to diagnose and treat hypertension and preeclampsia. Hypertension is a dangerous condition for both the mother and fetus. Preeclampsia is a common but potentially deadly condition that can result in premature birth and other complications.
- Failing to perform an emergency C-section. An emergency C-section may be necessary when the mother or baby are in distress. For example, the baby may not be getting enough oxygen. Prolonged oxygen deprivation can result in brain damage or fetal death. In these instances, the physician must act quickly to save the baby.
- Not responding to the mother’s symptoms. Mothers often know when something does not feel right. For example, a mother may complain to her physician that she has not felt any movement within her womb for several days. The physician should respond by administering a test such as an ultrasound. Yet the physician may respond that the sensation is perfectly normal without conducting a test when in fact the baby is in severe distress.
Medical professionals have a duty to provide mothers and their babies with an adequate standard of care. When they fail to do so and your baby dies, an experienced Greenville, SC medical malpractice lawyer can advocate on your behalf and help you recover the compensation that you deserve.
Discuss Your Case with an Experienced Greenville, SC Birth Injury Lawyer
Bobby Jones is a highly experienced and nationally recognized Greenville, South Carolina birth injury lawyer. Bobby has a proven track record of advocating on behalf of victims in fetal death cases. Bobby Jones Law proudly serve clients throughout South Carolina from our office conveniently located in Greenville. Please contact us for a FREE consultation.