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Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the birth canal. The delivery complication puts both mother and child at risk of serious injuries. But, with adequate monitoring and safe delivery techniques, shoulder dystocia is preventable.

Searcy Denney represents mothers and babies who sustained injuries during long, difficult deliveries. Our Florida birth injury law firm pursues the doctors and hospitals that failed to provide proper prenatal care, neglected to recommend a cesarean section when appropriate, or made errors (deviated from the acceptable standard of care) during delivery.

Our medical malpractice firm has 40 years of experience in birth injury recovery. We help women and children secure compensation for treatments that can improve their quality of life, manage pain and restore functionality, and we help them obtain the lifelong services necessary to deal with permanent disabilities.

Risks to the Baby

During a difficult delivery, your otherwise healthy baby may suffer debilitating shoulder dystocia injuries, including:

  • Klumpke’s paralysis. The stretching of the brachial plexus nerves in the shoulder can result in paralysis of the forearm, hand, wrist and fingers of the affected arm. This rare condition often causes permanent disabilities.
  • Erb’s palsy. Damage to the brachial plexus nerves may also result in Erb’s palsy, in which the child has no control over the arm or the arm remains stiff and deformed. This type of palsy may cause paralysis, weakness, shaking and pain to the affected arm.
  • Hypoxia. Lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain during labor can result in brain damage, cerebral palsy or death.

Risks to the Mother

In addition to putting your newborn’s health at risk, your baby’s shoulder dystocia may also injure you. You may face such debilitating, painful complications as:

  • Postpartum hemorrhage. Excessive blood loss can result in maternal shock and death if not immediately treated.
  • 3rd and 4th degree vaginal laceration. Severe perineal tears might damage the vagina, perineal muscles, anal sphincter and anus, requiring surgery and leading to long-term incontinence, infertility, pain and sexual dysfunction.
  • Uterine rupture. A uterine rupture is a potentially life threatening event in which the wall of the uterine completely fissures.

Why Shoulder Dystocia Happens

Your doctor should carefully monitor your health during your pregnancy and take special precautions if you have these risk factors for shoulder dystocia:

  • Larger than normal fetus
  • Multiple babies
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Late delivery
  • Induced labor
  • History of dystocia
  • Operative vaginal birth

If appropriate, your doctor should recommend a C-section or other actions to reduce the risk associated with a difficult labor.

Learn What Searcy Denney Can Do for You and Your Baby

Your doctor’s mistakes put you and your baby’s health at risk. You deserve to be compensated. Searcy Denney pursues compensation from the responsible medical providers for failing to prevent this debilitating medical condition.

Call Search Denney to learn more about recovering compensation for injuries related to shoulder dystocia. Your initial consultation is free of charge and we handle your case under a contingency fee arrangement, meaning you owe us no fee unless we are successful in your case.

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Searcy Denney 2139 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-6601
Toll-free: (800) 780-8607
Phone: (561) 686-6300
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Tallahassee, FL 32301-1231
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