Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers in Denver
Shoulder dystocia is a medical emergency that occurs when after delivery of the fetal head, additional measures are needed to deliver the shoulders.
Once this complication develops, it is too late for doctors to attempt a C-section. Care should be taken to prevent shoulder dystocia, but once it occurs, there are maneuvers that may help deliver the baby without injury, such as suprapubic pressure, the McRoberts maneuver, or the Woods’ screw maneuver. However, many doctors panic and tug on the baby’s head and neck, which stretches the brachial plexus nerves in the baby’s shoulder, causing temporary or permanent paralysis in the arm.
Shoulder dystocia can also have adverse consequences for a mother, and leave her with postpartum hemorrhage, serious lacerations, as well as other internal injuries.
If you or your child suffered an injury because of poorly handled shoulder dystocia, please call Leventhal & Puga, P.C., at (303) 759-9945 for a no-cost consultation. Our team of trial lawyers has handled many serious birth injuries across the United States, and we have the resources to investigate and pursue any case.
Depending on how long the dystocia lasted, a baby can suffer from oxygen deprivation leading to brain damage. The baby can also suffer from damaged nerves or full-blown paralysis.
Some common complications of shoulder dystocia are:
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Klumpke’s palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
Shoulder dystocia can happen spontaneously, but certain pregnancies are more at risk for shoulder dystocia. If a mother has one or more of these factors, her doctor should be able to anticipate and prepare for a potential dystocia situation, even scheduling a C-section if need be:
- A large baby
- Forceps or vacuum extraction
- Previous dystocia
- Diabetes mellitus
- Post-term baby
- Maternal weight gain
The expenses that come with shoulder dystocia can be truly crippling. Children with permanent injuries will undergo endless trips to the doctor. The parents take on medical and surgical costs, physical therapy, and a lifetime of medical equipment. Such a high financial burden should not be placed on the shoulders of parents who did nothing wrong. This is why it’s important to figure out if medical malpractice was the cause of your child’s birth injury.
If your child suffered from a birth injury related to shoulder dystocia, please call Leventhal & Puga, P.C., for a no-cost consultation. We have a long history of fighting on behalf of parents in order to get justice for their children. As parents ourselves, we could do nothing less. Call us today at (303) 759-9945.
- Shoulder Dystocia - March of Dimes
- Management of Shoulder Dystocia - Healthline
- Shoulder Dystocia: An Evidence-Based Approach - Journal of Prenatal Medicine