Shoulder dystocia is one of the most common infant birth injuries resulting from the medical malpractice of obstetrician and other medical practitioners charged with the proper treatment of the mother and child. According to statistics shoulder dystocia injuries take place in 1 out of every 100 normal birth weight deliveries and 10 out of 100 of higher birth weight deliveries. Children who have suffered from severe birthing injuries due to the negligence of medical doctors are entitled to compensation for their damages.
What is Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder Dystocia take during the delivery process when an infant’s shoulders get stuck behind a mother’s pubic bone. At this point the shoulder of the fetus need to be rotated away from the pubic bone of the mother. Incidence of Brachial Plexus injury Cerebral palsy or Erbs palsy may develop when the medical doctor attempts to push the baby’s head out of the birth canal without attempting to alleviate the shoulder dystocia. Other serious birth injuries resulting from shoulder dystocia include
- Fractured Clavicle
- Fractured Humorous
- Fetal Asphyxia
- Cerebral Contusions
Risk Factors: There factors associated with an increased rate of shoulder dystocia. Some of the most common risk factors include
- Increased birth weight of the fetus
- Obesity: Increased Weight of the mother including increased birth weight of the mother
- Diabetes of the mother
- Fetal macrosamia: a condition in which the body of the infant is disproportionally larger than the head.
Less significant risk factors which may be associated with incidences of shoulder dystocia include, age of the mother, abnormal pelvis of the mother, and previous incidences of shoulder dystocia in the mother.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit against the Treating Physician Doctor
Medical Malpractice is a claim for professional negligence of the physician responsible for the health and wellness of a patient. Negligence is established when a medical practitioner fails to treat a patient in the manner accepted by the standard of care within the specialty, he is a member of. There will be a claim for recovery if the failure to abide by the established standard of care was a cause of the injuries suffered. If your child has suffered from shoulder dystocia and has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, erbs palsy, klumpke palsy contact a birth injury attorney from the Downtown LA Law Group. Our team of attorneys will spend the to investigate your child’s claim and determine the optimum course of action. There are no fees or expenses unless recovery is obtained.