Shoulder Dystocia Birth Injury Lawyers Will Get Justice for Your Family
Potential Medical Negligence
If you experienced shoulder dystocia during labor, you may have been the victim of OB/GYN negligence and medical malpractice. To learn what constitutes medical negligence in terms of shoulder dystocia, please contact the Annapolis medical malpractice lawyers at Hyatt & Weber today. Our birth injury lawyers will assess your medical records and determine whether you have a viable medical malpractice lawsuit based on shoulder dystocia. We represent clients throughout Maryland, including Hyattsville in Prince George’s County, Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, and Waldorf in Charles County.
Shoulder dystocia is considered a delivery room emergency and is dangerous to both the mother and the infant. In shoulder dystocia, the infant’s shoulders fail to deliver immediately after the head during labor. The infant’s head is delivered normally, but one of the shoulders gets stuck on the mother’s pelvic bones. One of the most common injuries associated with shoulder dystocia is damage to the infant’s brachial plexus, causing Erb’s palsy.
How can a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer at Hyatt & Weber Injury Law help if you suspect medical malpractice caused your child’s shoulder dystocia?
- One of our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will analyze your pregnancy and labor medical records to determine whether malpractice may have occurred.
- You will learn exactly what constitutes medical malpractice and receive outlines of your case’s likely outcomes.
- The medical malpractice lawyers at Hyatt & Weber will litigate on your behalf to prove that shoulder dystocia occurred due to a medical professional’s negligence, or that the medical professional responded inappropriately.
- You may receive compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced, as well as for your child’s future medical costs.
If the mother or infant experienced injury during a delivery in which shoulder dystocia occurred, it is possible they have been the victim of OB/GYN malpractice. Shoulder dystocia has become an obstetrics training focal point, and there is a specific protocol – known as ALARMER – that medical professionals must follow during such an emergency. If delivery room practitioners did not follow this protocol, or if they failed to act based on the risk factors described below, it may be in your best interest to contact the Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at Hyatt & Weber today.
Shoulder Dystocia Risk Factors
Although shoulder dystocia can be a fluke occurrence, there are several well-known risk factors for the emergency. In these cases, the OB/GYN should make the mother and her family aware that there is a risk for shoulder dystocia and especially avoid utilizing vacuum extractors and forceps during delivery. These tools are considered the greatest risk factor for shoulder dystocia.
The most common risk factors for shoulder dystocia include:
- Carrying Past Due Date
- Carrying Twins or Triplets
- Gestational Diabetes
- Maternal Obesity
- Maternal Pelvic Issues
- Small Maternal Stature
- Vaginally Delivering a Large Baby
What are the warning signs shoulder dystocia malpractice occurred during my pregnancy or labor?
- I or my child was injured during delivery because of shoulder dystocia.
- I was not warned that my child and I were at risk for shoulder dystocia, according to well-known risk factors.
- My OB/GYN and delivery room nurses did not follow ALARMER protocol.
- Tools like vacuum extractors and forceps were used during my delivery.
Meet with Maryland Medical Malpractice Firm Hyatt & Weber Today
Please call us today at 866-590-8719 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation with the Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at Hyatt & Weber. We will dedicate ourselves to determining if you have a viable medical malpractice suit and helping you obtain justice and compensation for any medical negligence. One of our experienced lawyers will be happy to sit down with you at our Annapolis office and discuss your case.