When an infant becomes lodged in the mother’s birth canal, he or she is at risk of a shoulder dystocia injury if the attending doctor does not properly handle the situation. This can occur when the doctor attempting delivery too forcefully pulls the infant from the birth canal.
Common shoulder dystocia injuries include:
- Damage to the brachial plexus nerves
- Erb’s palsy
- Broken bones/fractures
- Facial injuries, such as paralysis
When shoulder dystocia occurs, the mother is also at-risk of certain, potentially life-threatening injuries, such as lacerations, uterine rupture, and hemorrhaging.
If you or your child suffered shoulder dystocia-related injuries and you believe that a medical professional or facility is at-fault, contact The Donnelly Law Firm for a free consultation with one of our New Jersey shoulder dystocia lawyers. We are prepared to put our 50+ years of combined legal experience to work for you.
Risk Factors Associated with Shoulder Dystocia
While shoulder dystocia can occur in a variety of circumstances, some infants are more at-risk.
The risk of shoulder dystocia increases when the following are true:
- The mother develops maternal diabetes
- The mother is obese
- Labor is induced
- An epidural is used
- Labor and delivery are late
- The infant is particularly large (fetal macrosomia)
- The mother is delivering more than one baby
- The mother has had babies with shoulder dystocia in the past
Medical professionals are responsible for both knowing the risk factors associated with shoulder dystocia and properly responding to instances of shoulder dystocia. Failure to do so is a breach of the standard duty of care and may be considered negligence or malpractice.
Contact The Donnelly Law Firm for a Free Consultation
Our New Jersey shoulder dystocia attorneys have extensive experience in handling a wide variety of complex birth injury claims. We provide all our clients with compassionate, personalized legal guidance and aggressive advocacy throughout each stage of the legal process. Our goal is to help you secure the maximum compensation you are owed, an approach that has helped us win more than $140 million on behalf of our clients.