Legal Help From Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When your child sustains an
injury at birth, the happiest day of your life could quickly turn into one of your worst.
Preventable labor and delivery complications can cause serious injuries
to delicate newborns. Doctors, nurses, midwives, and anesthesiologists
all have a vital role to play in the labor, delivery, and care of your
newborn. One mistake could be disastrous for your child and could result
in permanent disability.
What Is Shoulder Dystocia?
Shoulder dystocia is the medical term for a complication that arises during
delivery where the baby’s shoulder gets stuck inside of the mother.
If not diagnosed quickly, the results can be catastrophic and life-threatening
for both mother and child. Although this complication can occur with little
to no warning, calm and effective management of this complication can
ensure the safety of everyone.
The single most common risk factor associated with shoulder dystocia is
the use of vacuum or forceps during delivery. Large babies can get “stuck”
inside of the mother and fail to progress down the birth canal. When this
occurs, doctors may turn to forceps or vacuum extraction as a method for
delivering the baby. If the baby’s shoulder gets stuck during the
delivery, serious injury can result.
While any delivery can result in shoulder dystocia, there are certain women
who are at a higher risk for delivering babies with shoulder dystocia:
- Women who have previously given birth to large babies
- Mothers who are carrying multiples
- Women with gestational diabetes
Doctors are responsible for identifying these risks and taking the appropriate
measures to monitor labor and delivery very carefully. When shoulder dystocia
occurs, emergency Caesarean section surgery is often necessary to remove
the baby and prevent deadly consequences. A physician or midwife may also
attempt to maneuver the baby into the proper birthing position by performing
the McRoberts maneuver, suprapubic pressure, internal rotation, or the
Injuries from Shoulder Dystocia
If the labor and delivery doctor or midwife fails to perform the appropriate
maneuver or uses too much force during the procedure, you or your baby
could sustain serious injuries, including:
- Brain damage
- Broken bones
- Permanent nerve damage
- Erb’s or Klumpke’s palsy
- Maternal hemorrhage
- Uterine ruptures
While the presence of shoulder dystocia is not preventable, the steps taken
during delivery can ensure that your child remains unharmed throughout
the birthing process. If shoulder dystocia is not identified quickly or
if it is treated incorrectly, you may have cause to file
a medical malpractice claim against the physician or medical team responsible for your baby’s
Contact Kelley/Uustal at (954) 522-6601. Meeting with
a Fort Lauderdale birth injury attorney from our firm is completely free of charge.