A Shoulder Dystocia Attorney Can Recover Rightful Compensation
Shoulder dystocia occurs when a child’s shoulders get trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone during birth, leading to nerve damage. This can have devastating consequences for the baby, such as brachial plexus injury, bone fractures, contusions, paralysis, and even death. The mother too can suffer injuries such as lacerations, hemorrhaging or uterine rupture.
If your doctor fails to take immediate steps or perform the necessary maneuvers during childbirth, this dangerous complication can impact your infant’s ability to lead a normal life. If you suspect medical negligence led to you or your child’s injuries, Paul M. da Costa and his team can help you recover compensation for your expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Causes and Risk Factors
There are some key risk factors, such as the baby being heavier than average, or the mother being diabetic, that can help in early detection and intervention in cases of shoulder dystocia. Other warning signs include:
- Previous history of childbirths involving shoulder dystocia
- The baby’s body being large in proportion to its head
- The mother having a small pelvis
- Maternal obesity
- The pregnancy going beyond full term
- The mother carrying more than one fetus
Once these risks are identified, it is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to closely monitor these patients and take appropriate steps. The only methods of preventing shoulder dystocia available to a doctor include elective cesarean, induction of labor, or trying to control fetal weight gain through maternal diet.
Many long-term injuries can be caused due to improper techniques such as excessive force trying to correct shoulder dystocia during childbirth.
In some cases, an improper birthing position, faulty administration of an epidural, or the use of forceps and vacuum extractors during delivery can increase the risk of shoulder dystocia.
However, it should be noted that shoulder dystocia can occur even when no risk factors are present. In any case, it is critical that the doctor reacts quickly and calmly when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck in the birth canal, and initiate standard maneuvers to ensure safe delivery. Depending on the circumstance, the doctor should either perform an emergency Caesarean section or move the infant into proper birthing position. The doctor needs to follow emergency management techniques if the initial attempts do not succeed, and the failure to do so can be classified as actionable medical malpractice.
Many long-term injuries can be caused due to improper techniques such as excessive force trying to correct shoulder dystocia during childbirth. The medical complications can include broken bones, Erb’s Palsy, brain damage, and nerve damage.
How Your Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help
If the failure to follow proper medical standards has injured you or your child, your dedicated and skilled attorney Paul M. da Costa, and his team can protect your rights and collect damages for your losses. His exceptional work in the field of medical malpractice expands his experience at the firm of Sarno da Costa D’Aniello Maceri LLC.
Your lawyer will painstakingly gather the evidence required to establish a case of medical malpractice, and record the true amount of losses sustained, be it the economic damages of additional medical expenses and long-term care, or the non-economic damages of pain and suffering caused to your family. New Jersey caps punitive damages at $350,000 or at five times the amount of non-punitive damages, whichever is greater.
Reach Out Today
Childbirth should be a cause of joy and not the source of pain and sadness. If you believe you have suffered due to a third party’s negligence in a shoulder dystocia case, contact us to schedule a consultation with Paul M. da Costa and his team, who can protect your interests.