Shoulder dystocia is a complication that occurs during childbirth when a baby’s shoulders become caught behind the mother’s pubic bone after the head has already been delivered through the birth canal. As a general rule, when a baby’s body is not fully delivered within one minute of the baby’s head being delivered, shoulder dystocia is diagnosed.

If your child suffered birth injuries due to shoulder dystocia, you might have a claim for medical malpractice. Personal injury attorneys at Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, represent clients in birth injury cases. We know that shoulder dystocia is not always the result of medical negligence, but the responsible parties should be held accountable when it is.

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  • Our attorneys are compassionate, and we understand that birth injury cases can be traumatic and emotional for parents and children. We are staunch advocates for parents who have had to watch their children suffer from injuries due to medical negligence.
  • Our goal is to secure the best possible outcome in all of our cases. We will conduct a thorough investigation of your claim and explore all of your past, ongoing, and future losses caused by negligent medical care so that we can pursue maximum compensation from the responsible parties.
  • We will handle every aspect of your injury claim, beginning with a free case evaluation. After meeting with you to discuss your case, we will determine the best legal strategies to pursue and maintain open communication throughout the legal process.

Shoulder Dystocia Complications

Shoulder dystocia can result in temporary and permanent injuries, such as bone fractures, nerve damage, and brachial plexus injuries. The longer a baby is stuck in a mother’s birth canal, the more likely it is that the baby will suffer from oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation can result in permanent brain injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy.

Shoulder dystocia can also lead to medical complications for the baby’s mother. For example, mothers can experience severe perineum tears due to shoulder dystocia, often requiring one or more surgeries. Shoulder dystocia may also cause more serious complications for mothers, such as uterine rupture and postpartum hemorrhage.

Shoulder Dystocia And Medical Negligence

Some factors increase the risk of shoulder dystocia, such as macrosomia (large babies), maternal diabetes, being pregnant with multiple babies, and excessive pregnancy weight gain. Medical professionals should recognize these risks for shoulder dystocia and make appropriate medical decisions accordingly.

As mentioned above, shoulder dystocia is generally diagnosed when a baby’s body is stuck in the birth canal for more than one minute after the baby’s head is delivered. If the diagnosis is not made when it should be made, medical professionals may not make appropriate decisions to help deliver the baby as safely and efficiently as possible.

After a shoulder dystocia diagnosis is made, appropriate medical intervention to deliver the baby is critical. Numerous medical techniques can be used to deliver a baby with shoulder dystocia, depending on the particular circumstances. When doctors fail to treat and intervene in a shoulder dystocia delivery appropriately, the baby and mother may experience injuries that could have been avoided with adequate medical care.

Birth Injury Attorneys

If your child experienced shoulder dystocia and other birth injuries during childbirth and you suspect medical negligence caused or contributed to those injuries, you may have a claim for compensation. Contact a personal injury attorney at the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, for a free consultation. Call (304) 594-1800 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We will review your case, go over your questions and concerns, and discuss your potential legal remedies.

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While timbering in WV, a heavy equipment operator sustained a permanent brain injury while performing the duties of his job. What price can you put on the loss of a fully functioning, fully reasoning brain? Jeff Robinette was able to negotiate a settlement that was annuitized to provide for this man for the rest of his life.

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While working in Morgantown, WV for a large national retailer, our client, a young woman in her early twenties, was ordered to use equipment that she was not properly trained to use. In the course of attempting to complete her task, she sustained a severe crush injury to her foot. Due to this incident, our client lost full use of this foot for the rest of her life and was living with chronic, persistent pain.

Our firm was able to obtain a sizable settlement which took care of all her medical bills and future treatment for her foot injury. The settlement was ample enough to allow this young woman to go back to college and retrain for employment which will accommodate her permanent disability.

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Imagine having your leg crushed so badly in an accident that you have to undergo two surgeries to insert multiple pins and have a rod hammered into the bone just to stabilize the femur. Unfortunately, the first rod inserted into the bone didn’t accomplish the desired effect, so the rod had to be removed and surgically reinserted. Imagine the great pain, the months of therapy and recovery, and the frustration of knowing you can never return to the type of work you have performed for decades.

Jeff Robinette was able to obtain a great enough settlement to pay this man’s medical bills in their entirety and money enough to start a new business so he could work and live a productive life even with his permanent impairment.


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