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California Brachial Plexus Injury Attorneys Fighting for Your Child
An injury due to shoulder dystocia occurs during birth. Common indicators that shoulder dystocia may occur include:
- Before birth: A mother with gestational diabetes or a macrosomic child (over 4000 grams).
- During birth: A stalled delivery after the head emerges during birth.
If a baby does undergo shoulder dystocia during birth, the results can be grave. Shoulder dystocia can cause temporary shaking or paralysis, a broken arm or collar bone, and nerve damage in or around the brachial plexus. Brain damage can also result from shoulder dystocia. Common symptoms that shoulder dystocia has occurred include:
- Limited use of the arm
- A broken clavicle, arm or humorous
- Problems with inactive body functions such as breathing, swallowing and blinking
Causes of Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder dystocia takes place when a baby's shoulder is trapped against the mother's pubic bone during delivery. Because of its positioning, the trapped shoulder prevents the baby from exiting through the vagina. This injury can harm the shoulder and nerves of the baby who is trapped, as well as possibly resulting in asphyxiation and brain damage.
When shoulder dystocia occurs, doctors have several methods by which to prevent injury to the baby. Delivery room negligence results when a doctor fails to properly identify a shoulder dystocia and act to prevent it. In such a situation, it is important to consider taking legal action and contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Living With Shoulder Dystocia
When a baby is harmed by shoulder dystocia due to a negligent doctor's delivery, the injuries the baby suffers can be extremely serious and permanent. Ailments range from limited use of the arm due to a brachial plexus injury, to complete paralysis, to living in a persistent vegetative state. By consulting with an experienced medical malpractice attorney, you can ensure that your child has the best chance possible to get the compensation that he or she needs and deserves.
Contact Our Birth Injury Lawyers Today
If your child suffers from a shoulder dystocia injury, cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy, or any other birth injury, contact our medical malpractice attorneys to schedule a free initial consultation. Contact our medical malpractice law firm online or call our office toll free at 877-365-6894 today. We represent clients across the state of California. Our trial lawyers handle all birth injury claims on a contingent fee basis.