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Find Out If You Have a Shoulder Dystocia Case

Shoulder dystocia is a birth complication that can result in serious and permanent injury to the baby. It occurs when a baby is descending the birth canal and the shoulder gets lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone. While physicians can’t know beforehand that shoulder dystocia will occur, they should be aware of the risk factors and be prepared to deal with the complication if it does occur. Modern medicine has developed maneuvers to prevent birth injuries resulting from shoulder dystocia, and it is up to the attending physician to perform them.

With over 30 years of legal and trial experience, the compassionate Georgia birth injury attorney at Grant Law Office can provide you with the high-quality legal representation you need to maximize your compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, in-home care, and future damages. We understand that your child is the most important person in your life and that’s why we’ll fight hard to make things right. To find out more, contact the experienced and compassionate lawyers at Grant Law Office for a free case evaluation. We can be reached at (404) 995-3955.

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Risk Factors

Doctors and nurses should prepare for the possibility of shoulder dystocia by looking out for risk factors prior to birth. Such risk factors include:

  • Gestational diabetes in mother
  • Baby in breech position
  • Large weight gain for mother during pregnancy
  • Large baby size/small maternal pelvis (cephalopelvic disproportion or CPD)

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Can Shoulder Dystocia Be Treated?

When shoulder dystocia does occur, the following maneuvers may be employed IF the doctor is trained and experienced in doing them properly:

  • McRoberts maneuver
  • Suprapubic pressure
  • Woods/Rubens maneuver
  • Episiotomy
  • Symphsectomy
  • Zavenelli maneuver

Unfortunately, some instances of shoulder dystocia result in permanent brain damage, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, cerebral palsy, or permanent injury to the infant because the birthing physician failed to act in a timely fashion, or intervened in a manner that was unsafe and actively harmful.

In such cases, the birthing physician or nurse and/or the hospital can be held liable.

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Recovering Damages for Shoulder Dystocia Injuries in Georgia

Hospitals vigorously defend shoulder dystocia lawsuits. In order to recover your rightful compensation, you’ll need help from an attorney who has a proven track record of success in medical malpractice cases.

If you hire Grant Law Office, we will use strong evidence to prove that the birthing team failed to act to the best of their abilities to uphold the standard of care expected of them, and that their negligence contributed to your child’s injuries. Such evidence may include:

  • Medical records from labor and delivery
  • Pictures/videos taken of the birth
  • Testimony from witnesses of the birth
  • Testimony from medical experts

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Contact Our Georgia Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers Today

Doctors and other medical staff in the delivery room have a duty to ensure the safety of both mother and child. Failure to do so is grounds for legal action. If you feel your child has suffered a birth injury due to negligence, you have the right to take action.

Do not wait too long before consulting with us about your birth injury case. You may forget important details about the incident, or important evidence may be lost. Additionally, you have the statute of limitations to consider - if you fail to file your claim or suit in time, you will lose the right to pursue compensation altogether. Call the experienced birth injury attorneys at Grant Law Office for a free consultation at (404) 995-3955.

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