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. Instead, however, Dr. Friedman carelessly proceeded to deliver the baby vaginally. During childbirth, Mateo’s shoulder got stuck behind his mother’s pelvic bone, also called a Shoulder Dystocia. The doctor pulled too hard on the infant’s head and neck which caused nerve damage in the shoulder and right arm.
Today, Mateo has limited to no use of his right arm, and is learning to depend on his left arm for most tasks. The arm is also shorter and smaller than the left. All of this could have been avoided had the doctor taken the time to correctly analyze the situation. Mateo’s birthweight was 11 pounds, 5 ounces.
Birth Injury Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia
Birth injuries are a devestating turn of events in the operating room. Sometimes they are purely accidental, and there is just no way to prevent them from occuring. Other times, however, they are caused by the negligence of one or more people responsible for care.
If you or a loved one have given birth to a child that suffered a birth injury, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The birth injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office are skilled and very experienced in earning compensation for children and their families who have been wrong by a negligent medical provider. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the team at the Mininno Law Office work hard to earn you the compensation you deserve.