What Is Shoulder Dystocia?
Shoulder dystocia happens when a baby is being born and the head has surfaced but the shoulder
is blocked by the mother’s pelvic bone, preventing complete delivery
without specialized assistance. This can cause paralysis, brain damage,
permanent disabilities, and other serious
birth injuries if the rest of the delivery is not handled with extreme caution.
Is Shoulder Dystocia the Doctor’s Fault?
If handled improperly, painful and damaging complications may ensue for
the mother and baby during the rest of the delivery, such as:
- Nerve damage to the baby
Cerebral palsy or other palsies
- Broken bones in the infant’s arm, neck, or shoulder
- Postpartum hemorrhaging
- Bladder damages or bruises
- Uterine or vaginal tears
- Perineal lacerations
It may not necessarily be the doctor’s fault that shoulder dystocia
occurred (unless they knew the baby was too large to be born vaginally
or had reasonable proof that shoulder dystocia was likely). However, the
disastrous effects listed above typically occur when the doctor in question
is not appropriately monitoring the mother during birth, fails to make
the decision to perform a C-section in time, or otherwise fails to preserve
the health and safety of the mother and child.
Philadelphia Birth Injury Lawyers Serving Injured Children & their
Families for 35+ Years
Connect with a member of our team at
Golomb & Honik, P.C. right away if you and/or your child were harmed because your doctor inappropriately
handled your instance of shoulder dystocia. Our firm can provide the advocacy
and wise counsel you need during this time, and we can help you cover
the costs of your negligence-inflicted injuries and damages.
Call (215) 278-4449 or contact us
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