Valuable Experience In Shoulder Dystocia Cases
We expect our doctors to be experts, to be competent to handle things properly when medical emergencies arise. Nowhere is this more important than in the case of shoulder dystocia birth injuries. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the child’s shoulders are not delivered shortly after the baby’s head. Simply put, the baby’s shoulders get stuck, and pulling the child through the birth canal can cause catastrophic physical injuries to the child.
Adequate fetal monitoring can usually prevent the child from getting stuck in the first place, and when it does happen, a competent doctor should have procedures in place for delivering the child in a way that prevents dystocia.
Shoulder dystocia involves much more than simply a broken bone or muscle injury that could heal. Because the birthing child is so vulnerable, dystocia can lead to much more serious injuries. Erb’s palsy, a paralysis of the upper arm, is the most common injury resulting from shoulder dystocia.
At McKeen & Associates, P.C., we have a team of Detroit shoulder dystocia lawyers ready to investigate your case and fight for the maximum compensation award available. We want you to get the money you need to live as normal a life as possible, and we want justice in your case. We help clients across Michigan and Illinois, as well as the rest of the country.
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We have experience handling all the various causes and circumstances surrounding shoulder dystocia, including:
- Improper fetal monitoring: Proper monitoring during pregnancy and labor can indicate to a competent doctor that the child might be too large or the woman is not contracted enough for the child’s shoulders to fit through the birth canal. With proper monitoring, the doctor can be more prepared for emergency procedures.
- Forceps/vacuum extractions: This might be the most common circumstance for shoulder dystocia. Using external equipment to pull the child out of the birth canal increases the risk of dystocia and should be used only in emergency circumstances.
- Cesarean delivery: In many cases, a cesarean delivery would avoid shoulder dystocia. Too often, however, the doctor fails to perform a C-section in time.
We will use your testimony, research the scientific evidence and work with medical experts to determine whether your child’s shoulder dystocia was unavoidable or a result of medical malpractice.