Shoulder Dystocia

Birth Injuries: What is Shoulder Dystocia?

Shoulder dystocia occurs when one or both shoulders do not enter the pelvis correctly during delivery. It is a delivery nightmare for both mothers and doctors alike. A baby with shoulder dystocia is at risk for fetal stress, lack of oxygen, brachial plexus injury and other birth injuries. Mothers could tear and hemorrhage.

Those at risk for shoulder dystocia include mothers with smaller pelvis regions, larger babies and mothers who had a previous difficult delivery. But, there is no one defining factor, and, it can be difficult to predict. As such, proving negligence in these cases requires the skill and knowledge of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Talking with a birth injuries attorney can help you determine whether you have a valid claim, and give you an advantage against medical malpractice insurance companies. In many cases, you can speak with a lawyer for free and will not owe attorneys’ fees unless you win your case.

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