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Shoulder Dystocia Birth Injury

Birth Injuries During Delivery

Dystocia is a term that means difficult delivery. When shoulder dystocia occurs, the baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone and if not taken care of correctly, can lead to a brachial plexus injury such as Erb's Palsy or a brain injury ( asphyxia or hypoxia) due to lack of oxygen or blood flow. A brain injury can result in developmental delays, mental retardation or cerebral palsy. Your newborn may suffer from a broken arm or collarbone or in severe cases, a wrongful death may occur.

A mother may also be injured during the delivery. Complications include heavy bleeding, tearing of the cervix, vagina, rectum or uterus and bruising of the bladder. There are a number of known reasons why shoulder dystocia occurs which your medical provider should be aware of. Delivering a very large baby or the mother having a small pelvic opening are common causes of this condition. If your doctor does not take effective action to prevent shoulder dystocia from causing a birth injury or neglects to assess the risk factors of your individual circumstances, they may be guilty of medical malpractice. Consult with a knowledgeable California birth injury lawyer if you have any question as to whether medical malpractice caused your newborn undue suffering.

California Medical Malpractice Attorney

At Bostwick & Peterson LLP, we have collected over $500 million in compensation for our clients. We know how to successfully resolve medical malpractice cases and can use our 60 plus years of experience to your benefit. Having a child suffer a shoulder dystocia injury may cause physical, emotional and financial hardship for your entire family.

Placing your trust in a doctor only to have medical malpractice take place, which results in a birth injury to your baby, can be devastating. Allow us to assist you during this trying time by fighting for justice for you and your child.

Contact a California medical malpractice attorney to find out what you can do if your newborn suffered a shoulder dystocia injury through medical negligence.

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