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Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is one of the most common birth injuries despite the fact that it is largely preventable. Unfortunately, the consequences of shoulder dystocia can last a lifetime, affecting your child and your family. If your child is suffering from shoulder dystocia as a result of a doctor’s negligence, our birth injury lawyer can help. Your son or daughter deserves the opportunity to receive restitution for the harm that has been done.

The
Law Offices of Charles N. Rock in Newburgh and the Bronx, New York, pursues fair compensation for shoulder dystocia and other birth injuries that are caused as a result of medical malpractice. To schedule a free consultation with experienced birth injury attorney Charles Rock,
contact us today. We will not charge any fees unless we help your child obtain restitution.

Understanding the Causes of Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is a childbirth complication that occurs when the shoulder gets caught as the child emerges from the birth canal. When this happens, the attending physician needs to maneuver the baby into a position that will allow the baby to be delivered the rest of the way safely.

When the required maneuvering is not conducted properly, the delicate nerve fibers in the child’s shoulder can be torn, resulting in the loss of muscle and nerve function in the shoulder, arm and hand. Shoulder dystocia can also lead to the condition known as
Erb’s palsy.

To overcome the mild or total loss of shoulder, arm or hand function, a baby with shoulder dystocia will need to go through aggressive physical therapy from a young age on. This process can be traumatic for the entire family as even the best physical therapy could still result the permanent inability or reduced ability to use the affected parts.

Pursuing the Compensation Your Child Deserves for Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is all too preventable, as a number of factors should alert a doctor to the possible need of an emergency delivery. Factors include the size of the baby’s head, shape or size of the mother’s pelvis or birth canal, the mother’s weight and a pregnancy lasting beyond 40 weeks.

If your child has been injured due to the negligence of an obstetrician or other medical professional, you have a limited amount of time in which you can bring a birth injury claim. Don’t hesitate to
contact us our to discuss your possible malpractice claim with experienced birth injury lawyer Charles Rock.