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Shoulder Dystocia

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When an infant is born during a normal birth, the head emerges first. Called "crowning", this is part of a routine birth. However, once the head has crowned, the infant's shoulders may become stuck in the birth canal, and the mother may have difficulty delivering the rest of the infant. In this case, a doctor or other medical staff may step in and assist via suction, forceps or possibly their hands in order to successfully complete a birth.

However, this can result in mishandling the fragile body of an infant, crushing bones and damaging nerves. Numerous complications can arise from this form of medical malpractice. Parents of injured children need to know they can rely on someone to protect their rights and serve justice to the responsible negligent parties. The Law Firm of Joseph F. Brown, MD, JD, PLLC - Physician and Attorney at Law knows the medical system. Attorney Joseph F. Brown has both medical and legal experience that we will put to work for you.

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Consequences of Shoulder Dystocia

The shoulders, when mishandled by a provider, can be crushed, affecting the nerves. Nerves in the upper body are incredibly sensitive, and especially when a developing infant is being born, they are susceptible to complications. You may have heard of the term brachial plexus palsy, or forceps injury disfigurement, and should know that those two conditions are most often related to shoulder dystocia. Other injuries and consequences include:

  • A claw-like appearance of the hand
  • Nerve damage
  • Chronic pain, especially traumatic to young children
  • Erb's palsy
  • Partial paralysis of the affected area
  • Injuries and disfigurements brought on by forceps usage
  • Head injuries

Nerve, spinal cord, and head injuries can seriously impact the quality of life for an infant. Providers need to be held accountable for how they perform births, and how they monitor their progress. If a fetus is in distress, or it appears likely that shoulder dystocia may occur, an emergency C-Section should be ordered. Delaying that could prove to be another of a host of medical errors.

Patients have rights

If your child has been affected by a birth injury resulting from shoulder dystocia, you should know that you have rights, and providers have the right to be held accountable for their actions. Our firm provides a free case evaluation in order to see what we can do for you, and what legal options may be available. Patients have suffered enough with the malpractice they've endured. They're entitled to compensation, and we're dedicated to obtaining it. Contact us today.

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Meridian, ID 83642
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