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.