Shoulder Dystocia and Medical Malpractice | California Law Firm Helps
Has your baby suffered from an injury at birth? Are you uncertain whether the injury could have been prevented? If you have questions, our law firm may be able to help you find answers.
Our founding lawyer, Dr. Gerald Sugarman, has more than 30 years of experience in both the law and the medical profession. As a lawyer with such comprehensive experience, he can answer questions related to birth injuries, in particular injuries involving shoulder dystocia, Erb's palsy and brachial plexus.
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Shoulder Dystocia Happens When ...
When a baby's shoulder is trapped inside the mother during the baby's delivery, there can be serious, significant damage to the baby, the mother or both, including shoulder dystocia, or a cervical plexus injury, Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy or an avulsion of the brachial plexus by the physician pulling or traction forces or the use of a vacuum extractor.
Problems can occur when the baby is larger than anticipated, with other risk factors that warrant a C-section. It can also occur when the obstetrician does not perform the skilled maneuvers necessary to avoid trauma to the baby as he or she goes through the birth canal. Injuries can often occur during a vacuum extraction that is continued too long and placed inappropriately. Read more details about the diagnosis and prevention of shoulder dystocia.
"The single most common risk factor for shoulder dystocia is the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor during delivery." — American Family Physician April 1, 2004
Erb's Palsy Occurs When ...
If the baby is too large to fit through the birth canal, the baby's neck and head can be twisted with excessive force, causing permanent damage to the brachial nerves. This brachial plexus can cause paralysis of the arm on that side of the body. This condition is referred to as Erb's Palsy. The primary cause of Erb's palsy is trauma at birth. Another problem that occurs when there is trauma to the brachial nerves is Klumpke's palsy. Please read more about Erb's palsy.
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Was your baby hurt during the delivery? Do you believe that the doctors are not telling you about everything that happened at the birth? Do you suspect medical malpractice? We want to help. Get answers and action by talking to Dr. Gerald Sugarman, Attorney at Law: 805-473-4739 or 800-657-1165. E-mail us.
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