Negligence and Shoulder Dystocia
Expecting a child is one of the most exciting moments for most parents, and the day of delivery can be pure excitement. However, new parents may find that they are fearful and overwhelmed when they learn that the delivery will not go as easily as planned. You expect for your healthcare provider to provide excellent service at this point. Unfortunately, some fall below the proper standard of care. If you or a loved one have experienced injuries to your child during the course of birth and delivery, it is important to contact an experienced Sacramento birth injuries attorney to determine whether you have a case.
What Causes Shoulder Dystocia?
Shoulder Dystocia occurs during labor, when after the delivery of the head, the shoulders of the infant cannot pass and requires significant manipulation to pass through the mother’s pelvic region. Shoulder dystocia usually affects larger babies or mothers who have a small pelvic region. In some cases, fetal demise can occur if not handled properly. For this procedure doctors use either forceps or a “vacuum” to extract the baby. However, if the doctor uses excessive force when the baby’s shoulders are stuck, the infant can develop shoulder dystocia which could result in Erb’s Palsy. Erb’s Palsy is a condition that can cause paralysis and often requires rehabilitative therapy and surgery to correct.
Healthcare providers who are negligent, whose carelessness or recklessness fall below the requisite standard of care, are liable for birth injuries resulting from those actions. You may seek compensation for all expenses related to birth injuries of your child. That is why it is important to seek legal advice.
Need Legal Advice about Birth Injuries? Call Teal Law Group
Realizing that your newborn child has birth injuries due to the negligence of a medical provider is devastating. However, you do not have to go through the frustration alone. Contact Teal Law Group to determine the best strategies for your case so that you can receive the best outcome possible for you and your family. We are here to fight on your behalf. Contact our office today for an initial consultation. Call 707-525-1212 in Santa Rosa or 916-448-1010 in Sacramento.