Nearly any birth which occurs in a hospital today will be performed with the assistance of a cardiotocograph (CTG), a monitor which traces the activity of the baby's heartbeat along with the pattern of the uterine contractions. This tool is used to track the progress of childbirth, as well as to predict and diagnose labor & delivery problems before they cause harm to the mother or child. The printouts from the machine also become important records in the event of a medical malpractice lawsuit, as they may be useful in establishing that negligence on the part of a nurse or doctor is at fault for the injury.
At The Tolson Firm, LLC, we have more than 30 years of combined legal experience representing the victims of preventable injuries, and an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer from our firm is ready to meet with you today to discuss your options for pursuing compensation. We believe that your family should not be forced to pay the price for a doctor's mistakes. Ms. Tolson has been listed among the Top 100 Female Lawyers and the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia for four consecutive years, and has litigated dozens of multi-million dollar cases to a successful resolution for our clients. We will examine every aspect of your case, including the fetal heart tracing records, to build a strong claim on your behalf.
Hospitals will typically set up two separate printouts for the cardiotocograph, one in the delivery room beside the mother, and the other at the nurses' station. The doctor and nurses are expected to continuously monitor the accelerations and decelerations of the baby's heartbeat to determine whether labor is progressing normally or if there are signs of fetal distress. Failure to take action could cause the baby to suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) or other types of birth injuries associated with oxygen deprivation. If you suspect that negligence in monitoring your baby's heart rate is at fault for an injury during birth, call us as soon as possible, so that we can determine whether you have grounds for legal action.