Indianapolis Shoulder Dystocia Lawyer

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Shoulder Dystocia Can Cause Severe Birth Trauma for Baby and Mother

Crying NewbornShoulder dystocia occurs when the baby’s shoulder cannot move past the mother’s pubic bone during labor. When shoulder dystocia occurs, the doctor must act quickly but with reasonable care. In the worst cases, shoulder dystocia can lead to the death of the baby. More commonly, shoulder dystocia can lead to brachial plexus injuries. When the nerves of the brachial plexus are stretched or torn during delivery, the child’s arm, hand, and shoulder can be severely injured. This condition, known as Erb’s palsy, may be preventable. In some cases, a child must contend with lifelong disabilities as a result of this type of medical malpractice.

If your child has suffered any type of birth injury that requires extensive care, it is important to speak with our birth injury attorneys about your child’s legal rights. Jacobs Law, LLC has the skill and experience to handle a broad spectrum of medical malpractice birth injury from shoulder dystocia.

Shoulder dystocia is a fairly common birth complication, occurring in about 1 in 200 births. Obstetricians must know the factors that make shoulder dystocia more likely. These factors include high birth weight, a pregnancy that goes past full term, gestational diabetes, and other factors. If shoulder dystocia is present, there are a number of maneuvers the obstetrician can perform to free the child. In many cases, these maneuvers can lead to the safe delivery of the child. Of course, the doctor must be able to (1) recognize shoulder dystocia and (2) take appropriate action when it happens.

The birth injury and trauma lawyers at Jacobs Law will take a close look at what took place in the delivery room. If the doctor did not act with the appropriate level of care, our personal injury lawyers can take action for you.

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