Shoulder dystocia occurs when the shoulder of an infant becomes blocked behind the mother's pubic bone. The shoulder essentially is caught on the backside of that bone and it prevents the delivery from continuing normally. When this occurs, the infant's head will withdraw somewhat and the obstetrician then has a number of prescribed options to turn to which include:
- McRobert' maneuver
- Application of suprapubic pressure
- Wood's screw maneuver
- Intentional fracture of the infant's clavicle to collapse the shoulder Emergency Cesarean section
When a doctor panics or has a failure of judgment when faced with shoulder dystocia, he or she may apply lateral pressure to the infant's head in an attempt to free the blocked shoulder. Applying pressure in such a manner puts an unacceptable amount of strain on a bundle of nerves in the shoulder called the brachial plexus. These nerves control the shoulder, arm and hand. These nerves can suffer permanent partial to total damage when a delivering doctor does not utilize the accepted responses to shoulder dystocia.
Some of the lasting effects that can occur when a doctor fails to utilize the accepted standard of care, include:
At Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, our lawyers will work aggressively to pursue the compensation that your child and your family will need to be able to secure the appropriate medical treatment that will be necessary over the course of their life. Our thorough approach to trial preparation means that we are always ready to present a strong case for our clients at every stage of a lawsuit.
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We will not only work to secure the compensation that will be needed, we will work to ensure that compensation is structured in such a way as to create the maximum benefit for your child. We are skilled at setting up trusts or employ a structured settlement where payments are annuitized that can ensure that your child's assets are not taken by Medicaid should those benefits become necessary at a later point.
Contact the Birth Injuries Attorneys at Friedman, Hirschen & Miller
If your child was injured during the labor and delivery process, know that insurance companies are very likely to try and minimize or deny your case. In order to secure justice and recover the compensation your child and your family deserve, turn to the experienced Albany shoulder dystocia lawyers of Friedman, Hirschen & Miller. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 518-631-4136, toll free at 888-432-8814 or simply contact us online.
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Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby gets stuck behind the mom's pelvic bone while passing through the birth canal. Failure to recognize this can result in significant injury to the baby. Sometimes, an obstetrician will try and pull on the baby's head to get the baby out quickly. This can have devastating effects on the baby.