Brachial Plexus Injury/Shoulder Dystocia
Our Birth Injury Lawyers Can Help You
During the delivery process, many newborn babies sustain serious birth injuries. Right near the top of the list are brachial plexus injuries and shoulder dystocia. Such injuries often occur during a difficult or prolonged delivery.
Both injuries involve a baby becoming trapped inside the mother during delivery. Both can have serious, long-term consequences for the life and well-being of the child. A newborn baby who sustains either injury can have medical issues and accompanying costs for life.
That's why it's critical that parents of children with a brachial plexus injury or shoulder dystocia contact the Tyrone Law Firm, PC in Atlanta as soon as possible. You may be eligible for financial compensation due to mistakes made by medical professionals.
What Is a Brachial Plexus Injury?
Brachial plexus injuries involving damage to the nerves in the neck behind the collarbone. These nerves control movement in a baby's shoulder, arm and hand. If these nerves become damaged, the child might have trouble moving that part of their body for the rest of their life.
Such injuries often occur during the delivery of the baby. Specifically, the baby becomes trapped in the mother and cannot get out. As a result, delivery room doctors and other support staff use forceps or extractors to try to remove the child from the mother.
If such devices are not used properly, a child’s neck can become stretched during delivery and the brachial plexus nerves can become damaged, resulting in a loss of sensation and movement in the affected shoulder, arm or hand. Such injuries commonly result in Erb’s palsy (when the whole arm is affected) or Klumpke’s palsy (when only the hand is affected).
What Is Shoulder Dystocia?
Shoulder dystocia refers to a situation in which the baby's head is delivered while the rest of the baby's body is trapped inside the mother. This is due to the baby's shoulders getting stuck inside the mother's body. This situation can occur for many different reasons, including:
- Larger baby than normal (macrosomia)
- Mother pregnant with more than one baby
- Similar delivery problems in past
- Preexisting medical condition for mother, including:
Experienced doctors know how to recognize such warning signs and take corrective measures for the health and well-being of the mother and the baby. That's why many doctors choose to deliver the baby by performing a cesarean section (C-section) instead of a vaginal birth.
Your Legal Rights
Unfortunately, some doctors ignore such warning signs and don't perform a C-section or other medical procedures which could have prevented your child from sustaining a brachial plexus injury or shoulder dystocia injury. When that happens, we can help you hold them accountable for their actions.
At the Tyrone Law Firm, PC, we have years of experience successfully resolving such complex cases. We understand how the legal system works in Georgia and know what it takes to obtain a settlement or verdict for injured newborns and their families.
You have the right to demand more money than the offer you will likely receive from the doctor or hospital who delivered your child. You can file a lawsuit against them and take them to court if they refuse to cooperate. Explore all your legal options. Contact us today.
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