A stillbirth is the death of a baby that occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy and before the baby is delivered. The tragedy of stillbirth happens in about 1 in 200 pregnancies. In as many as 1/3 of the cases, the reason why the baby was stillborn is never known.
However, many stillbirths are preventable with adequate medical attention. Your medical provider has a duty to properly care for you and your baby during the pregnancy and delivery. If you have questions or doubts about why your baby died, please contact the Washington stillbirth attorneys of Fuller & Fuller at 800-570-4878 for answers and a free case evaluation.
In particular, call us if any of these circumstances apply to you:
- You were concerned about your baby’s lack or decrease of fetal movement and you reported it and nothing was done;
- Your labor and delivery was more then 2 weeks after your due date, or your doctor had trouble establishing your due date;
- You had problems with too much or too little amniotic fluid during your pregnancy;
- You had pre-eclampsia and doctor had concerns about your high blood pressure, protein in your urine, and edema (swelling);
- You and the baby seemed to be doing well when you came into the hospital to be delivered, but something went very wrong during delivery;
- were treated only by a midwife.
To determine whether you have a strong claim, these are among the factors that we at Fuller & Fuller will analyze:
- Whether malpractice occurred, and whether the malpractice took place within the time allowed to bring a claim, or whether it is barred by the statute of limitations;
- Whether the doctor failed to perform appropriate testing to allow an informed diagnosis;
- Whether the doctor failed to administer the necessary medical or surgical procedures;
- How much money in damages would be appropriate to compensate the family.
If you believe that malpractice or error on the part of a medical professional played a role in the stillbirth of your child, contact Fuller & Fuller today at 800-570-4878. Our experienced Washington stillbirth lawyers can help you determine if you have a valid legal claim.