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Shoulder Dystocia


Shoulder Dystocia, Erb’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus Injuries

Shoulder dystocia is an abnormal type of labor that occurs when delivery of the fetus suddenly stops because the baby is too big to fit through the birth canal. The baby’s shoulder becomes wedged behind the mother’s pubic bone. This is extremely serious and can result in brain damage, Erb’s palsy or even the death of the child.

If the mother and child are at risk for shoulder dystocia, a c-section may be the best option for a safe delivery. The mother should be informed of the risks and allowed to make a decision about whether to have a cesarean section. If the child is already in the birth canal, there are several different obstetrical maneuvers the doctor or midwife can use to move the fetal shoulder before continuing with delivery.

If your child suffered brain damage, nerve damage, other injuries, or died as a result of shoulder dystocia, medical negligence may have played a part. Get answers to your questions. Call the law offices of Powers & Santola, LLP., at 315-308-1020 or contact us online. We offer a free initial consultation at our offices in Syracuse and Albany in upstate New York.

Our medical malpractice attorneys have handled many birth injury cases in New York State. Our results speak for themselves: we have achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for families whose children suffered serious injury during pregnancy and childbirth.

Predicting Whether a Child is at Risk of Shoulder Dystocia

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If your child suffered nerve damage from improper birthing practices, talk to an experienced upstate New York medical malpractice lawyer. Contact Powers & Santola, LLP., online or call us to schedule a free consultation in our Albany (518-465-5995) or Syracuse office (315-308-1020).