Shoulder Dystocia & Obstructed labor
Seek Representation from Baltimore Birth Injury Lawyers
Shoulder dystocia is a problematic complication in which the baby's shoulders become stuck in the mother's birth canal. Excessive stress on the baby's neck and shoulders from being pulled out by the face or the feet may also cause shoulder dystocia.
In many cases of shoulder dystocia, the infant can be delivered without serious injury. However, if your physician incorrectly addresses shoulder dystocia and causes injury to you or your baby, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for medical bills, therapy, and other losses. At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, we employ a team of dedicated attorneys who know the devastating effects a birth injury can have on you and your loved ones. We have successfully represented hundreds of families across the country, and have a decades-long history of standing up to large hospitals and medical institutions that fail to provide proper obstetrical care.
Don't go through this time alone-call our Baltimore birth injury lawyers at (410) 983-6266 to get the counsel you need.
Preventing Shoulder Dystocia
In many cases, preexisting conditions increase the risks of shoulder dystocia.
- A history of diabetes
- Late labor and delivery
- Previous shoulder dystocia during delivery
- Induced labor
- Maternal obesity
- Multiple pregnancy
Physicians who monitor the growth and development of the infant should be able to detect potential signs of shoulder dystocia and can schedule an emergency C-section if absolutely necessary. Babies with higher weights and mothers with small pelvises may need a C-section procedure to prevent injury to the mother and child.
Symptoms of Shoulder Dystocia
If an injury occurs following shoulder dystocia, symptoms range from mild to severe. Injuries such as brachial palsy, broken bones, or facial injuries may appear, as well as nerve damage, a claw-like hand position, or light paralysis. While some of these injuries may heal quickly on their own, others may require physical therapy or even surgery.
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Shoulder dystocia is often the result of forceps injuries, vacuum extractor injuries, delayed diagnoses or misdiagnoses. If a physician did not meet the accepted standards of medical care when delivering your baby, you may be able to pursue compensation.
Our Baltimore birth injury lawyers have won several multi-million dollar cases on behalf of families who have experienced birth injuries due to medical negligence, and fight to ensure our clients get the results they deserve. If an appropriate settlement cannot be reached, we can and do take our cases to trial. Call us today for a free case evaluation at 410.983.6266.