Negligence When Monitoring & Interpreting the Fetal Heartbeat

During the critical stages of labor, a trained healthcare professional is constantly monitoring the heartbeat of the unborn baby. Should the heartbeat become irregular or out of control, prompt medical care can be administered in order to prevent injury.

When not properly monitored or accurately interpreted, any resulting injury to the baby may be attributed to negligence. As such, the negligent party or parties may be held financially accountable for any resulting damages. In such cases, an experienced personal injury lawyer can help families understand their legal options when their child has been injured.

Negligent Behaviors That May Affect Fetal Heart Monitoring and Interpretation

Fetal heart monitoring and interpretation is critical to ensuring the highest possible level of care and safety during labor. When a healthcare professional’s negligence results in the child’s injury, they may be made be held financially responsible for any resulting pain and suffering. Possible negligent behavior may include:

  • Distraction
  • Misinterpretation of the heart monitor
  • Lack of proper training or experience
  • Fatigue as a result of being overworked

An extensive amount of trust is placed in healthcare professionals, especially when they are responsible for monitoring the health of a newborn.

Contact a New Hampshire Misdiagnosis Lawyer Today

If you believe your child was injured as a result of negligence on part of the healthcare professional responsible for monitoring and interpreting the fetal heartbeat, the responsible party or parties may be held financially accountable.

At Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, our New Hampshire lawyers may be able to help you pursue a case against the negligent party. If you would like to get in touch with one of our experienced attorneys, please call (617) 426-4488.