Brachial Plexus Injury 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 mother’s birth canal and, as a result, subsequently become trapped behind the mother’s 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. Damage to the Brachial plexus can cause impairment or loss of movement and motor skills, as well as weakness in the baby’s arm and hand. This type can be 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:
- Macrosomia or large babies
- Gestational diabetes
- Breech delivery or feet first
- Shoulder Dystocia (impacted shoulder).
If your child’s brachial plexus injury was caused by a mistake or negligence, you should contact our brachial plexus attorneys today before it’s too late to get the justice you deserve.
In many cases, doctors can anticipate and prevent this condition by watching for early warning signs of brachial plexus injury 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 complications that may cause a brachial plexus injury.
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 is a common cause of brachial plexus injury during birth and often times, can result from 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
Other birth injuries that ca result from shoulder dystocia include Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy. If your newborn suffered a shoulder dystocia injury resulting in Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy or during birth and you would like to know more about your legal rights, contact our attorneys today!
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