Shoulder dystocia is an obstetric emergency in which the baby's shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother's pubic bone during delivery. When this occurs, any amount of traction placed on the infant's head can result in serious nerve injury. If proper procedures aren't followed, serious consequences can occur, such as severe bleeding, internal injuries to the mother and Erb's palsy in the baby.
If you and your child suffered from shoulder dystocia that you feel was improperly handled, contact Williams, Walsh & O'Connor, LLC. Our lawyers have helped countless clients hold negligent doctors, nurses and hospitals accountable for preventable birth injuries, including shoulder dystocia. To speak with our legal team about your particular situation, call 203-285-3593 or 866-530-7228.
Weighing The Risks
Medical providers should recognize risk factors and warning signs of shoulder dystocia. These include:
- The mother has previously delivered a large infant
- Shoulder dystocia occurred in prior deliveries
- The mother has diabetes
- Maternal obesity
- The fetus is more than 41 weeks old
- The estimated fetal weight is greater than 8 pounds and 13 ounces
When these warning signs are present, doctors and nurses should know to perform a number of obstetrical maneuvers. Any time an infant becomes stuck during labor there are procedures that a doctor must follow. Failure to do so, resulting in physical or emotional trauma, entitles you to pursue a lawsuit.
Meet With Our Experienced Attorneys
If a medical professional made a mistake when your baby became wedged in the birth canal, our firm can help. Contact us at 203-285-3593 or 866-530-7228 to schedule a case evaluation.
Our firm is in North Haven, in proximity to the intersection of Interstate 91, Interstate 95 and Interstate 84. Evening and weekend appointments are available by request.
We handle shoulder dystocia birth injury on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing until we obtain compensation for you.