Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers in Atlanta, GA
Shoulder dystocia occurs when an infant’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during a vaginal delivery. Shoulder dystocia is considered an obstetrical emergency. It requires immediate intervention by the medical team to dislodge the baby’s shoulder in order to get the baby delivered safely. If the baby is not delivered in a safe and timely manner, the resulting damage can be severe.
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Resulting Injuries of Shoulder Dystocia
If untreated, shoulder dystocia can result in numerous injuries to the baby including:
- Birth hypoxia
- Brachial plexus injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Fractures to the baby’s clavicle or humerus
- Fetal death
Risk Factors for Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder dystocia is preventable in many cases if the medical team addresses the mother and baby’s risk factors early on. Well-known risk factors include gestational diabetes, excessive weight gain or obesity during pregnancy, and a large (macrosomic) baby. Women with a prior history of having large babies are also at risk.
Our Experienced Georgia Birth Injury Attorneys Are Ready to Help
Our Atlanta birth injury lawyers have experience successfully handling shoulder dystocia cases. We are acutely aware of the recognized risk factors associated with shoulder dystocia and what the standard of care requires of a medical team when faced with this obstetrical emergency. If your child suffered from a shoulder dystocia at birth, we can help you determine whether you have a valid birth injury claim and what your legal options are. If you have a valid birth injury claim, we will fight to obtain the justice and compensation that your child deserves.
Contact our birth injury lawyers today for your free case evaluation.