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Shoulder Dystocia

Pennsylvania Shoulder Dystocia Injury Lawyer

Shoulder dystocia is when after the delivery of the head, the front shoulder of the infant cannot pass below or requires significant manipulation to pass below the pubic symphysis. This is an obstetric emergency and fetal demise can occur if the infant is not delivered due to the compression of the umbilical cord within the birth canal. There are procedures to follow when shoulder dystocia happens, however sometimes these procedures are performed inaccurately or performed too late. If this happens during the birth of your child it is important to contact an experienced attorney as you may be entitled to benefits and financial compensation

If you or someone you know has experienced this type of situation, please contact our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Birth Injury Lawyers for a free case review. They will do everything we can to ensure your rights and that you receive any compensation you may be entitled to. They have been helping injured children and their families in all of Western Pennsylvania for many years.

Shoulder Dystocia Injury

This is a major concern due to the amount of pressure it places on the nerves during delivery. The nerves are often strained or pulled. This can cause additional injury or excess tension and could tear the nerve roots. This could result in total dysfunction, permanent impairment and could also lead to additional long term complications including the following:

  • Klumpke Paralysis – a variety of partial palsy of the lower roots of the brachial plexus.
  • Erb’s Palsy – a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves, specifically the severing of the upper trunk nerves.
  • Fetal Hypoxia – occurs when the fetus is deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen.
  • Cerebral Palsy – a group of permanent movement problems that do not get worse over time. They cause physical disability, mainly in the areas of body movement.

Shoulder Dystocia Complications

There are several obstetrical maneuvers that are performed or attempted during a shoulder dystocia situation.  They could by anyone of the following:

McRoberts Maneuver

Rubin II

Woods Screw Maneuver

Jacquemier’s Maneuver

Gaskin Maneuver

Zavanelli’s Maneuver

Any one of these maneuvers can lead to experiencing additional complications during the child’s birth.

Contact Our Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If you or someone you know has experienced shoulder dystocia, please contact our Pittsburgh birth injury lawyers and let them review your claim as a courtesy. Our Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys will do everything possible to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive any benefits compensation you may be entitled to.

Proudly serving those injured due to medical malpractice and medical negligence across Western PA. This includes Altoona, Beaver, Bethel Park, Butler, Erie, Holidaysburg, Kittanning, Meadville, State College and Warren, Pennsylvania.