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Shoulder Dystocia

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Giving birth has inherent risks, including the potential for various complications that require accurate diagnoses, appropriate treatment, and medical intervention in order to reduce risks of serious and preventable injuries. Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers don’t always uphold their duty to provide an acceptable standard of care when handling complications such as shoulder dystocia.

undefinedWhen preventable birth injuries occur, families have the right to seek justice and compensation for their child’s immediate, ongoing, and possibly lifelong care. At Cullan & Cullan, our legal team is comprised of proven and experienced trial lawyers, four of whom are also doctors. Our insight, resources, and unwavering commitment have been utilized in thousands of forensic investigations involving birth injuries, and by numerous families who placed their trust in us during difficult times.

Our firm knows how to handle the most challenging birth injury cases. Discuss your potential case by calling (602) 900-9483 or contacting us online. Consultations are free and confidential.

What is Shoulder Dystocia?

Shoulder dystocia is a delivery complication that occurs when an infant’s shoulders become stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone. This obstruction can prevent the baby from easily passing through the pelvis posing risks of injury to both mother and child. Because the condition does pose serious risks, it is vital that healthcare professionals overseeing pregnancy, labor, and delivery adequately evaluate potential risk factors for a difficult birth and respond appropriately if the complication occurs.

Shoulder Dystocia & Preventable Birth Injuries

Investigations of birth injury cases involving shoulder dystocia focus on whether attending medical professionals – whether a doctor, nurse, or midwife – failed to meet their duty of care, and whether that failure more likely than not resulted in preventable injuries.

Common birth injuries resulting from shoulder dystocia include:

Medical Negligence: Do You Have a Case?

Whether you have a potential birth injury case depends on the unique facts and circumstances involved. Generally, victims may have the right to pursue compensation when injuries resulted from a medical professional’s negligence or their deviation from accepted medical standards. Examples of substandard care and negligence in relation to shoulder dystocia injuries include:

  • Failure to address risk factors and increased potential for complications (i.e. large babies, maternal diabetes, shoulder dystocia in previous deliveries, etc.)
  • Failure to monitor signs of fetal heart rate, vitals, distress
  • Delayed C-sections or failures to perform C-sections
  • Improper manipulation of the baby, or the improper use of forceps and vacuums
  • Improper use of labor-inducing drugs, including Pitocin

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Doctors, nurses, and others who care for pregnant mothers and facilitate deliveries have a legal obligation to provide care that meets the accepted standard of their profession. When they fail to do so, and preventable birth injuries occur, victims and their loved ones may have the right to pursue accountability and financial compensation through the civil justice system. Working with experienced and proven attorneys can help families make the most of this right.

Our team at Cullan & Cullan has cultivated a reputation for helping families navigate what are often trying and emotionally turbulent experiences, and for our ability to guide clients toward the justice they deserve. If you have questions about our team, or wish to discuss a potential case involving shoulder dystocia or any other type of birth injury, contact us for a FREE consultation.

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    Truck Accident

    Negligent truck driver made a right-hand turn into plaintiff’s vehicle, causing fractured vertebra and partial paralysis. Defendant alleged plaintiff was trying to pass him on the shoulder. The insurance company offered zero before trial.

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    Birth Injury

    Negligence by nurses and hospital staff in failing to assess the position of the baby, improper use of Pitocin, and failing to obtain an assessment by physician, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation and brain injury to the baby.

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    Birth Injury

    A newborn suffered brain damage due to improper administration of Pitocin, failure to monitor preeclampsia and failure to perform timely c-section.

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