Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder Dystocia - Birth Injury

Did The Doctor's Anxiety Lead To A Serious Injury?

If your child suffered an injury related to shoulder dystocia, it is important to think back to the labor and delivery. Did you or your family members perceive panic in the doctor when he or she discovered the baby was stuck? If so, he or she may have tried to inappropriately yank the baby out. This can stretch the baby's nerves or even pull the nerve roots right out of the spinal column.

Obstetricians and other attending personnel are required to treat shoulder dystocia in a calm, competent manner. If they panicked and acted rashly, resulting in a brachial plexus injury or other harm to your child, you may have a medical malpractice case.

We are Clare & Berry, Attorneys at Law. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, We represent clients all over the state whose children have been harmed by the negligence of medical providers. We have more than three decades of experience and handle every case personally. You can rely on us for the diligent advocacy, knowledgeable counsel and one-on-one attention you need during this difficult time.

Common Causes Of Shoulder Dystocia

"Dystocia" simply means that the labor is difficult and progressing slowly. "Shoulder dystocia" means that the reason for the lack of progress is due to the baby's shoulder becoming stuck inside the birth canal.

An infant may be at risk if the mother is obese, the baby is very large, the mother's pelvis is small or misshapen, or there are other issues. However, sometimes doctors fail to treat this condition correctly. If they become flustered and apply too much force too quickly, it can result in:

  • Erb's Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury

  • Hypoxia/Oxygen Deprivation

  • Broken Bones

  • Neurological Damage

  • Fetal Death

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As a birth injury law firm with over 30 years of legal experience, we understand the nuances of these cases and will fight for justice for you and your child. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling our Louisville office at 502-589-6190 or 502-736-4754. You can also reach us online.