Shoulder Dystocia Lawsuit Information
Shoulder dystocia, a common brachial plexus birth injury, occurs when poor fetal position or negligent delivery room practice puts pressure on the baby's shoulder for long periods of time during delivery, resulting in nerve damage.
In most cases, shoulder dystocia injuries are avoidable, but each year about 30,000 babies are delivered with shoulder dystocia in the United States.
If your child was born with shoulder dystocia, a foreseeable and preventable birth injury, you may have legal recourse.
Contact our personal injury law firm in Tulsa as soon as possible to see if you have a claim.
Causes of Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder dystocia injuries, similar to Erb's Palsy, occurs when the fetus shoulder gets stuck behind the mothers pelvic bone, putting pressure on the brachial plexus. When doctors in the delivery room realize that the baby's shoulder is stuck, they have a limited window of opportunity to free it and deliver the baby safely.
Oftentimes, doctors apply excessive force to the baby's neck, pushing the head toward either shoulder, resulting in shoulder dystocia injuries.
Shoulder Dystocia Risk Factors
An experienced doctor can determine risk factors that can lead to a child being born with shoulder dystocia and should take steps to avoid these types of birth injuries; however, this is not always the case.
Some of the most common risk factors of shoulder dystocia injuries include:
- A mother with a small pelvis
- Post-term pregnancy
- A high birth-weight baby
- A previous high birth-weight baby
- Excessive weight gain during pregnancy
- Obesity in the mother
- Gestational diabetes
If a doctor decides to proceed with a natural birth and any of these risk factors are present, the doctor may be liable for any birth injuries that occur.
Shoulder Dystocia Injuries
Shoulder dystocia injuries affect both the mother and the child. Typical injuries in the fetus are:
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Permanent brain damage
- Wrongful death
Just as devastating, many mothers who give birth to babies with shoulder dystocia injuries end up injured themselves. Even worse, many of these injuries can only be cured through surgery.
Common injuries that mothers suffer include:
- Uterine rupture
- Painful separation of the pelvic bones
- Recto-vaginal fistula
Shoulder Dystocia Lawsuits
Many instances of shoulder dystocia can be both anticipated and prevented.
If you or your child has suffered shoulder dystocia injuries, it is important to have an experienced Oklahoma birth injury lawyer to help you with your claim. You must be able to show proof of negligence on behalf of the medical professionals involved in the delivery in order to be awarded compensation.
Our birth injury attorneys will successfully prepare and present the facts of your shoulder dystocia lawsuit to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.
For immediate assistance with your Oklahoma shoulder dystocia lawsuit, please contact us today at 1-800-304-9246.