Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury which can cause devastating and life-long consequences for a child.
Shoulder dystocia is a complication of vaginal deliveries typically encountered by an obstetrician because of a baby’s impacted shoulder against a mother’s pubic bone during the labor and delivery process.
Shoulder dystocia is a birthing complication in which the fetus’ shoulders are too large for the birthing mother’s birth canal and, as a result, subsequently become trapped behind the pubic bone after the delivery of the baby’s head.
To avoid shoulder dystocia, all obstetricians must be familiar with the maneuvers used to effect delivery of an impacted shoulder and must be prepared to institute these maneuvers immediately in a crisis situation.
Wrong techniques can cause nerve damage in the bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus in the baby’s shoulder. Brachial plexus is a loss of movement, motor skills and weakness in the baby’s arm caused by the following:
- A doctor pulling on the infant’s head and neck inappropriately
- Excessive pulling on the shoulders during a head first delivery
- Placing too pressure on the raised arms during a feet first delivery
There are risk factors that increase the risk of a baby having brachial plexus injuries. These risk factors include the following:
- Macrosomic or large for gestational age babies
- Gestational diabetes
- Breech delivery or feet first
- Shoulder Dystocia (impacted shoulder).
If your loved one’s condition was caused by a mistake or negligence, you should contact our shoulder dystocia lawyer today before it’s too late to get the justice you deserve.
Complications of shoulder dystocia.
- Broken arm or clavicle,
- Erb’s palsy, which affects the upper arm and rotation of the lower arm;
- Klumpke’s palsy, which affects the hand.
In many cases, doctors can anticipate and prevent this condition by watching for early warning signs of shoulder dystocia such as gestational diabetes, obesity in the mother or excessive weight gain during the pregnancy.
Expectant mothers with a small pelvis, those who have previously given birth to a large baby and those in post-term pregnancy are also at risk of having a child with shoulder dystocia.
In most instances, even if unforeseen complications arise, your doctor should be familiar with the methods necessary to ensure a healthy delivery, and prevent shoulder dystocia. Despite the medical community’s efforts to develop methods to ensure safe deliveries, three in 1,000 births suffer an injury to the brachial plexus bundle of nerves as a result of a shoulder dystocia. In many shoulder dystocia cases, medical negligence is directly to blame.
Shoulder dystocia and medical negligence.
Examples of medical negligence responsible for Shoulder Dystocia include:
- Failure to obtain a proper obstetrical history
- Failure to check for or manage diabetes during pregnancy
- Failure to manage excessive weight gain during maternity
- Failure to assign qualified personnel to the delivery room
- Failure to perform a necessary cesarean section
- Failure to manage Shoulder Dystocia
- Exerting pressure on the abdomen during birth, which actually worsens Shoulder Dystocia
- Exerting excessive force or traction on the head during delivery
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors
If your newborn suffered a shoulder dystocia injury resulting in Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy or an injury to their Brachial Plexus during birth and you would like to know more about your legal rights, contact our attorneys today!
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