Shoulder Dystocia is a particular case of obstructed labor whereby after the delivery of the head, the anterior shoulder of the infant cannot pass below or requires significant manipulation to pass below, the pubic symphysis. Shoulder Dystocia can commonly lead to:
- Injury to the nerves of the shoulder, arm, and hand which may cause shaking or paralysis.
- Lack of oxygen to the brain. In the most severe cases, which are rare, this can cause brain damage and even death.
The picture above shows how the shoulder becomes trapped or stuck due to its angle. Shoulder Dystocia is estimated to occur in up to 3% of vaginal deliveries and is one of the most litigated cases in obstetrics because of its association with permanent birth-related injuries and maternal complications. The video below demonstrates the complexity of dealing with Shoulder Dystocia and while most doctors are trained to handle this complication there are instances of malpractice due to missing steps or failing to use the appropriate countermeasures.
Cerebral Palsy is a birth injury that permanently impairs a child’s physical and mental development, motor skills, muscle control, and senses. Cerebral Palsy can be caused by a lack of oxygen supply to the baby during its passage through the birth canal. If a baby is deprived of oxygen for even a small amount of time during the delivery process, permanent brain injury or Cerebral Palsy can result. A child who suffers a birth injury, whether it is Cerebral Palsy or some other type of brain injury, will often require a lifetime of costly medical care. An attorney from our law firm can help you obtain financial compensation to cover such costs.
Other Commonly Litigated Birth Injuries
Some of the more common birth injuries that can occur due to medical malpractice include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Erb’s Palsy (brachial plexus)
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Forceps injury
- Wrongful death
Pennsylvania Birth Injury Lawyers
Birth injuries, including Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, shoulder dystocia, hypoxia, and anoxia, can result from preventable medical malpractice or other medical errors that occur during the delivery process of a baby. Infants are very susceptible to injury during and directly after birth. Doctors and hospitals are well aware of this fact and should recognize that births must be monitored with the utmost of care. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers are negligent in their duties and place the mother and child at risk of injury, including paralysis, brain injury and even wrongful death. If your child has suffered a permanent birth injury, including Cerebral Palsy, an attorney from our Pittsburgh law firm can help. We can evaluate liability in your case and seek just and fair financial compensation on your behalf. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for past and future medical costs, lost future wages, and pain and suffering.
Preventing Birth Injuries
Doctors and hospitals have sophisticated and advanced medical monitoring equipment to make sure that an infant does not suffer a brain injury as a result of hypoxia or an anoxic event during the birthing process. One method of monitoring the baby’s condition is electronic fetal monitoring (EFM). Electronic fetal monitoring is routinely utilized to make sure that the baby is not experiencing fetal distress or a lack of oxygen during labor. These electronic monitoring strips paint a picture of what is happening to the baby during labor. An important sign to watch for is persistent late decelerations. Late decelerations can be an ominous signal that the baby is experiencing fetal distress or a lack of oxygen. Either of these possibilities is a medical emergency and requires prompt delivery of the baby, often by emergency Cesarean Section. If such signs are present and the appropriate health care providers fail to take action, they may be liable for medical malpractice. If your child has suffered a birth injury, including Cerebral Palsy, an attorney from our Pittsburgh law firm will work tirelessly on your behalf to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
Contact Our Pittsburgh Law Firm
At Frischman & Rizza, P.C., we will provide you with sound legal advice if you are seeking to file a birth injury or cerebral palsy lawsuit. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please don’t hesitate to contact our law firm today at 855-90-4INJURY.