Shoulder Dystocia Injuries at Birth
Compensation for Your Child's Birth Injury
Like many birth injuries, shoulder dystocia can leave your child with minor injuries or significant, ongoing health complications. If you believe that a careless doctor or nurse could have prevented your child's shoulder dystocia injury, our team of personal injury attorneys in Las Vegas is here to help. We offer compassionate and effective personal injury and accident representation for families dealing with the impact of an avoidable birth injury. Contact our office today for the legal guidance that you deserve.
What is shoulder dystocia?
Shoulder dystocia is a rare form of birth injury that occurs in the second state of the child's delivery. Although shoulder dystocia is relatively uncommon, many instances of this condition are avoidable. Should dystocia occurs when the newborn's head and shoulders become stuck against the mother's pelvic bone. When this happens, the child can suffer serious shoulder and neck injuries.
If the dystocia delays the delivery for too long, the child could suffer oxygen deprivation. During the last stages of delivery, the child's lungs and umbilical cord are compressed. This prohibits the newborn from receiving air or oxygenated blood and can lead to serious medical concerns if he / she goes without oxygen for an extended period of time.
What causes shoulder dystocia?
Many birth injuries are caused by natural, unavoidable circumstances; others are the result of medical negligence. Some circumstances place infants at a higher risk of suffer this condition, such as:
- Larger Infants
- Induced Labor
- Gestational Diabetes
These factors are not uncommon, but a careless doctor or nurse could aggravate your child's likelihood of a suffering an injury during delivery. Vacuum extractors, forceps, and other forceful methods of dislocating the child from the mother's pelvic bone can lead to nerve damage. The child could also suffer oxygen deprivation if the doctor does not take action to quickly remedy the situation.
If you believe that a negligent doctor caused your child injury, contact Shook & Stone today. Our team of birth injury and personal injury lawyers is here to help you seek the financial compensation that you need.