A diagnosis of shoulder dystocia can be an anxious experience for both the woman in labor and the delivery room staff. This birth complication puts both the baby and mother at risk for serious injury or death. Hospital staff should approach the situation with swift and skilled medical intervention to prevent permanent or fatal injury. Failure to do so may constitute medical malpractice.
Has your child suffered because of a doctor or nurse’s failure to anticipate or treat shoulder dystocia adequately? Chalik & Chalik in Florida has helped many clients with cases similar to your own. Learn more about what we do for birth injury patients by calling us at (888) 476-4697. Our easy-to-use online evaluation form is another option for reaching our team.
There is no cost or obligation associated with your initial consultation. It is a risk-free opportunity to learn about the financial options available to those who have suffered because of someone else’s mistakes.
What is shoulder dystocia, and how does it happen?
Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby’s shoulders become lodged during a vaginal birth. It means the head has emerged, but the baby is otherwise “stuck.” This creates risk for both mother and child and requires the delivery room staff to take swift action.
Some of the risk factors for shoulder dystocia include:
- unusually large baby (children whose mothers are overweight or are diabetic are at greater risk of shoulder dystocia during delivery);
- multiple births (the risk increases with twins, triplets, etc.);
- baby is delivered past expected due date; and
- past history of shoulder dystocia.
Some women do not have any risk factors, yet still experience this difficult delivery. This demonstrates why careful prenatal care and close delivery monitoring are essential to maternal and newborn health and safety. Our team will investigate the full details of your case to determine how or when medical oversight occurred. This includes examining medical and hospital records as well as witness statements. These steps help us pinpoint the cause of your child’s injury and identify the liable parties.
The Potential Complications of Shoulder Dystocia
In some cases, there are no long-term complications for the baby or mother. However, some of the more serious complications include:
- injuries to the baby’s nerves in shoulder area;
- brain damage (caused by a lack of oxygen);
- broken bones (including collarbone or arms);
- bruising of the mother’s bladder or injuries to other internal organs; and
- heavy post-delivery blood loss for the mother.
Our attorneys will talk to you about the full effects of your child’s injuries. This is essential for building a fair and adequate injury claim.
Help for Your Family after a Serious Birth Injury or Trauma
The family-based law firm of Chalik & Chalik wants to help your family recover from birth injury. Learn about your rights to fair financial recovery by scheduling a free, no-obligation consultation with our team. We are available toll-free at (888) 476-4697. You also may use our online contact form to reach out our firm and schedule a time to discuss your potential claim.