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dystocia frequently is benign. Yet, for some, shoulder dystocia has
severe consequences. Babies suffer from Erbís palsy and brachial
plexus palsy (nerve damage that causes deformity and permanent
disability), broken bones, permanent brain damage due to suffocation
during birth, and death. Mothers may suffer from uterine rupture,
hemorrhage, painful separation of pelvic bones, a permanent opening
that tears between the vagina and rectum and is subject to many
Although stuck shoulder births are hard to predict, the first sign of a problem is when the babyís shoulder doesnít appear right after her head or if the head appears and then retreats. Some risk factors associated with stuck shoulder are: unusually long labor, gestational or maternal diabetes, using forceps with the birth, a petite mother, delivery after due date, abnormally shaped pelvis, excessive weight gain during pregnancy, and an oversized baby. Stuck shoulder affects 0.25 percent to one percent of U.S. births per year.
Medical malpractice results when a doctor does not provide the best care possible or fails to live up to a standard of care recognized by the medical community. Do you have a medical malpractice lawsuit caused by shoulder dystocia?
Ignoring risk factors could justify medical malpractice. Medical
malpractice may happen when a doctor uses excessive force to
reposition the baby, tearing nerves causing Erbís palsy or brachial
plexus palsy which causes partial or complete paralysis. Paralysis may
last for a few months, a few years, or forever. Paralysis leaves
babies and children with limited use of their arms, atrophied arms,
and disfigurement. Sometimes multiple surgeries and physical therapy
correct the problem and sometimes not, causing permanent disabilities.
Please contact Monheit Law for a free legal consultation.
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Does your baby or child suffer from stuck shoulder/shoulder dystocia?
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