Shoulder Dystocia

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What Is Shoulder Dystocia?

In some circumstances, a baby can get caught in the delivery process when one or both shoulders can’t pass through the birth canal. When this happens, it can cause nerve damage or lack of oxygen for the baby as well as complications for the mother, like a bruised bladder or hemorrhaging. The nerve damage a baby suffers from dystocia can cause paralysis or brain damage.

While many cases get better in a time frame of six to 12 months, in some cases the damage can be permanent. When injuries from shoulder dystocia result from a medical provider’s negligence, our firm is prepared to stand up for your rights, demanding the compensation you deserve to help pay for the expense of recovery.

Why It Happens

In many cases, shoulder dystocia happens because of a mismatch between the size of the baby and the mother’s anatomy. With no way for doctors to predict shoulder dystocia and move directly to C-section, often the problem only becomes apparent once the labor process has already begun.

If the delivery team fails in their duty of care, whether by not recognizing the dystocia in the first place or by responding inappropriately to the situation, permanent harm to you or the baby can occur. A doctor’s use of forceps or a vacuum during the birth process, for example, can put pressure on the baby’s nerves and cause excessive stretching when the baby is stuck.

You shouldn’t have to pay for medical expenses incurred by the error of your medical team. Talk to our determined medical malpractice attorneys at Shelly Law Offices, LLC, for the information you need to move forward.

Legal Help Is Here. Call Today.

An error during the birth process can cause serious and long-lasting damage to both the mother and baby, requiring expensive medical intervention. Our firm is here to protect your rights and help you secure the compensation you need to pay for medical bills and other aspects of your recovery.

To schedule your free initial consultation at our Doylestown office, call 267-454-6594 local or 866-214-3323 toll free, or write to us online for more information.