What Causes Shoulder Dystocia?

West Virginia Birth Injury Lawyer

When complications arise during the birth of your child, you should be able to place complete trust in the ability of your doctor, nurses, or other medical professionals to handle this harrowing situation properly. Unfortunately, this trust can be breached, and sometimes complications can lead to the injury of the child or mother during childbirth. One of the most frightening of these complications is shoulder dystocia. If you or your child has suffered undue harm from shoulder dystocia as a result of a medical professional's improper or negligent treatment, that medical professional should and must be held legally responsible.

Shoulder dystocia occurs when the anterior shoulder of the infant cannot pass the pubic synapses following the passing of the infant's head. If the situation is handled improperly, the infant can suffer from a number of complications: Brachial Plexus damage leading to Erb's Palsy, bodily damage from misuse of forceps, and perhaps most importantly oxygen deficiency which can lead to cerebral palsy, mental retardation, or even the death of the child. Whether it happens unexpectedly, or you are at a high risk of it, shoulder dystocia occurs during crucial moments of the procedure. Consequently, quick decisions are required of the doctor, and if the wrong ones are made, you or your child may be seriously injured or killed.

Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC: West Virginia Birth Injury Lawyer

The West Virginia personal injury lawyers at the Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC are well aware of how difficult times like these can be. When you or your child is injured from shoulder dystocia you will need the best representation you can get to ensure that you and your child are appropriately reimbursed for the physical and mental trauma. That is why, with over 125 million dollar plus verdicts and settlements, the firm has the credentials, the experience, and ultimately the attorneys best suited to represent you.

Contact a West Virginia birth injury attorney if you or your child has been injured due to shoulder dystocia.


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