Shoulder dystocia usually results in lifelong injuries. It’s a rare anomaly (less than 1% of births) that takes place when the baby’s shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pelvic bone. Shoulder dystocia, as this is called (or Erb’s Palsy), can be responded to in many different ways. A doctor can respond gently with movement and attempts to turn the baby (which often succeed), or they can respond in a more medical manner where sometimes they take such extreme actions as to break the baby’s clavicle (intentionally) or break the mother’s pelvic bone (also intentionally) in order to maneuver the baby out of the birth canal.
Other efforts made to remove the baby include: cesarean sections (which can have extremely high risks for both mother and baby), forceps and vacuum deliveries (which can cause cranial injuries, as well as other problems for the baby), and deep episiotomies (which is risky for the mother and extremely difficult to heal from).
If your child suffered a shoulder dystocia injury or was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy following a difficult labor or delivery, you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries and other losses you and your child have sustained. Reach out to Wagner Reese to learn more.
For a free consultation with one of our shoulder dystocia attorneys, please call (888) 204-8440 or contact us online. Se habla español. We handle cases across Indiana & Illinois.
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Risk Factors for Shoulder Dystocia
More extreme actions taken by doctors to correct shoulder dystocia often result in long-term damage to the mother and baby.
Injuries to your baby may include:
- Nerve damage (brachial plexus injury)
- Brain damage (birth asphyxia)
When a doctor is not sufficiently trained (or even if they are just not patient enough to do the right thing), extreme injuries can occur to you or your baby. If you feel like your child was injured during the birthing process because of the negligence or bad decision of a doctor, you may be entitled to a settlement to compensate you for your emotional and physical losses.
The Reality of Delivery Room Errors
The delivery room is a wonderful place but on some occasions, it can become suddenly terrifying. When something goes wrong in the delivery room, you expect your doctor to care for you and your unborn child in the best way possible, and you trust your medical staff to deliver your baby safely. That’s not always the case.
The frightening reality is that most doctors are not nearly as prepared for delivery room emergencies as we would like them to be. If a rare emergency arises, chances are, it may be the first time they’ve seen such an emergency.
Hire an Experienced Shoulder Dystocia Lawyer
If your child is suffering, don’t wait any longer. Shoulder dystocia and the resulting problems caused by Erb’s palsy can be life-altering for your child, and the medical expenses you will incur because of the treatment of these problems could be extreme. Call Wagner Reese today and our Indianapolis shoulder dystocia lawyers will investigate your case to see if your child’s injury could have been caused by your attending physician.
Contact our office online or by phone at (888) 204-8440 to schedule your no-cost consultation today.