Did you know? Birth Injury From Shoulder Dystocia Can Be Avoided

Shoulder dystocia occurs when, after the delivery of the baby’s head, the baby’s anterior shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. When this happens, the remainder of the baby’s body cannot easily be delivered vaginally. Shoulder dystocia can lead to permanent birth injuries, such as brachial plexus nerve injuries, fractured clavicles, and birth asphyxia. How Does a Doc Know it's Shoulder Dystocia? Birth injury due to shoulder dystocia can be reduced by proper, non-negligent care by an obstetrician. One of the most important things the obstetrician must do is to recognize shoulder dystocia when it is happening. A sure … [Read more...]

Shoulder Dystocia: Preventing Delivery Room Negligence

Shoulder dystocia is a complication that occurs during vaginal delivery. It happens when the baby’s head has been delivered, but the anterior shoulder is now stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. This makes it difficult for the baby to naturally proceed out of the birthing canal without some help from the obstetrician. Approximately 20% of babies that have shoulder dystocia at birth will suffer some sort of birth injury. This birth injury can be either temporary or permanent. The most common birth injuries that occur are damage to the brachial plexus nerves, as well as injuries including breaks of clavicles, humerus bones, and other … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Lawyers Win Large verdict for Delivery Room Negligence

A $2.3 million dollar verdict for a birth injury case was awarded to a Virginia attorney and his client. In 2006, the negligence of a midwife hired by a woman’s obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) caused permanent nerve damage to her baby boy’s arm. The attorney for the boy showed that the negligence that occurred during delivery occurred during the birth due to shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind a mother’s pubic bone. In order to avoid injury, certain changes must be made during delivery. Birth injuries arising from the improper delivery of a baby with shoulder dystocia can be permanent. … [Read more...]

Shoulder Dystocia Protocol Reduces Birth Injury By 26%

Family Practice News, an independent, online newspaper that provides timely and relevant news about clinical developments in the field of family medicine, recently reported on a study that showed that specific and firm protocol regarding shoulder dystocia and other birthing hazards could significantly reduce the instances of birth injury. Standardized Protocol Reduces Birth Injury The protocol system, called Code-D, reduced the occurences of infant brachial plexus injury (Erb's Palsy) caused by shoulder dystocia (when a baby's shoulder gets stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone by 26%, according to study reports presented at the Society … [Read more...]

Birth Injury Attorneys Can Help When Doctors Act Negligently

Childbirth, though a painful and difficult process, should be a beautiful and profound experience for parents. That is why there are doctors who study and are strictly trained in gynecology, obstetrics, and childbirth. But mistakes in the delivery room can be irreversible, and in worst case scenarios, fatal. It is when these mistakes occur that birth injury attorneys will be necessary. What are the Most Common Birth Injuries Birth Injuries that commonly occur include Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy, face paralysis, bruises and swelling, Shoulder Dystocia, and brain damage. These injuries are generally brought on by oxygen deprivation and … [Read more...]

Couple Awarded Large Verdict in Birth Injury Lawsuit

Shoulder Dystocia, an avoidable birth injury, has led to permanent injuries for little Mateo Rodriguez, and his parents have just been awarded $3.27 million in compensation for the obstetrician's negligence. Shoulder Dystocia Risk Factors Go Ignored Galecio and Maria Rodriguez sued Dr. Jennifer Friedman and the Northwestern Memorial Physician's Group after a serious birth injury permanently injured their son Mateo. The suit claimed that when Dr. Friedman assessed that the baby's birth weight was likely to be between 9 and 10 lbs, she should have warned of the dangers of vaginal birth and should have at least suggested a C-section. … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Leads to Birth Injury in New Jersey

Just last month, a New Jersey jury delivered a $450,000 verdict in a medical malpractice case to the parents of a little girl who suffered a birth injury that resulted in Erb's Palsy. Medical Malpractice Attorneys Warn Against Shoulder Dystocia A previous Mininno Law Office blog post (Birth Injuries Caused By Shoulder Dystocia) described the effects of Shoulder Dystocia during birth. Shoulder Dystocia is a very avoidable birth injury that can lead to Klumpke Paralysis, Erb's Palsy, or fetal hypoxia. The New Jersey case involved Shoulder Dystocia during child birth that lead to the tearing of the brachial plexis (a series of nerves … [Read more...]

Birth Injuries Caused by Shoulder Dystocia

Birth defects or injuries are devastating to parents and families, especially when these injuries are caused by operating room negligence or poor judgement on a doctor's part. Birth injury lawyers are sometimes needed to gain the compensation necessary to pay for the treatment a child will have to receive for life after a birth injury. Birth Injury Lawyers Warn About Shoulder Dystocia Shoulder Dystocia causes very a traumatic birthing process for both mother and child. Shoulder Dystocia occurs when the anterior shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone after the baby’s head enters the birth canal. There are risks for … [Read more...]