Prince George’s County Shoulder Dystocia LawyersWhat is Shoulder Dystocia?
The term dystocia describes a difficult delivery. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the fetus’ shoulders become entrapped in the birth canal after the head has emerged. This entrapment creates a delay in the delivery and often requires the doctor to perform special maneuvers to free the babies shoulder. This condition occurs in about 1 to 4% of head first deliveries.
Delays in delivery are dangerous for the mother and the baby. Shoulder dystocia is particularly dangerous to the baby because a delay in delivery occurs while the baby is in a particularly vulnerable position. This vulnerable position as well as efforts to free the baby from the position may result in stress being placed on the babies’ neck and brachial plexus. This stress often results in brachial plexus palsy, Erb’s palsy or paralysis. Shoulder dystocia may also cause fractures of the clavicle or the humerus. These injuries often result in permanent injuries and a loss of function for the baby.
The labor and delivery error lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations for victims of birth injuries to determine whether the injuries are due to medical malpractice.