Shoulder Dystocia Lawsuits

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During the birth process, there are many complications that can occur. That is why doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals involved are required to abide by a standard of care. When medical professionals fail to carry out safe work, the mother and infant remain at high risk for injuries and harm. One of the most common birth injuries that occurs as a result of medical negligence is shoulder dystocia.

This condition occurs when the infant’s shoulders are stuck in the birth canal during delivery. When this occurs, doctors and medical staff are responsible for removing the infant from the dangerous condition via Caesarean section or by moving the child into a position for a safe birth. Failure to act quickly can result in a lifetime of serious injuries, complications, and other severe conditions.

If you have suffered emotional or physical pain due to a birth injury, get in touch with our Washington DC birth injury lawyers at Simeone & Miller, LLP today. We will provide you with a free consultation.

Common Complications Resulting from Shoulder Dystocia

If the doctor fails to diagnose the condition or applies excessive force or other improper techniques in attempt to correct the condition, the infant may suffer fatal or long-term complications, such as:

  • Brain damage
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Klumpke’s Palsy
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Damage to the nerves
  • Lacerations and severe bruising

Mothers can also suffer injuries if shoulder dystocia occurs during delivery. Common complications include:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Lacerations

Risk Factors Associated with Shoulder Dystocia

Doctors and other medical staff members are responsible for identifying when a pregnant woman is at high risk for developing shoulder dystocia during birth. After doctors have identified these risks, they are then responsible for ensuring the mother’s and infant’s safety by taking the appropriate and necessary measures to perform a safe birth.

The following is a list of factors that could indicate high risks for shoulder dystocia:

  • Mother is considered obese
  • Mother has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes
  • Mother is carrying two or more fetuses
  • Mother has had a previous birth involving shoulder dystocia
  • Mother has given birth to large infants in the past

Such risks are often identifiable by simply reviewing the mother’s ultrasounds, ultrasound evaluations, and medical history.

Have You Been Affected by a Birth Injury? Call Simeone & Miller, LLP

If your infant has suffered a birth injury and you believe the injury was caused due to the recklessness, careless, or negligence of a medical professional, get in touch with our Washington DC birth injury lawyers at Simeone & Miller, LLP right away. When you choose to work with our team, you can rest easier knowing we will do everything in our power to protect your rights and pursue maximum financial compensation.

Birth injury cases are highly complex and should be handled as quickly as possible. Do not hesitate to call our team. Our Washington DC birth injury attorneys are ready to fight for you!