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Shoulder Dystocia

My baby was born with Shoulder Dystocia, and suffered a birth injury. Do I have a case?

Shoulder dystocia results when a baby’s head exits the birth canal, but one or both of the baby’s shoulders gets caught, usually behind the mother’s pubic bone. The baby can suffer damage to the brachial plexus nerves, resulting in Erb’s palsy or Klumpke palsy, fractured clavicles, fractured humeri, contusions and lacerations, and birth asphyxia. Cord compression can result from pressure on the cord while the baby is in the birth canal, and fetal demise could follow. Additionally, the mother can suffer excessive blood loss, lacerations and contusions.

Shoulder dystocia most often occurs with large babies and mothers with diabetes. There are ways to prevent shoulder dystocia. Physicians can try various maneuvers in order to minimize injury to the mother and fetus. Additionally, an episiotomy can help minimize injury to the fetus. Skilled physicians and nursing staff are necessary in order to manage pregnancy and delivery factors in order to insure a healthy baby.

If you believe that your doctor was negligent in managing your baby’s delivery, and caused your baby to suffer from shoulder dystocia, call our birth injury lawyers now. We can help. We have a team of experienced and dedicated injury lawyers ready to fight for you and your baby. Often times, our birth injury clients have increasing medical bills, and are suffering from emotional distress and even job loss as a result of their child’s injury. Not only is your baby suffering, but you may be, too. Let us help you and your family. Our aggressive and experienced birth injury attorneys will seek to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. We never take a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call the Philly Legal Eagles at Rizio, Hamilton & Kane for a free consultation. You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.

Rizio, Hamilton & Kane, P.C.
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