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Shoulder Dystocia Claims

Giving birth is a delicate process that requires careful monitoring of mother and baby for delivery to be completed safely. When health care professionals don’t provide appropriate care, it can lead to complications that can create a lifetime of hardship for families. Our malpractice attorneys are proud to provide a voice to families who have been hurt by all forms of birth injury, including shoulder dystocia.

Shoulder dystocia and other complications during birth can diminish quality of life for parents and children alike. Please call the Turley Law Firm today at 214-691-4025 or email  today to begin building a malpractice case against the medical providers responsible. Our attorneys serve clients throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond.

What Is Shoulder Dystocia?

“Dystocia” is the medical term for an obstacle preventing safe delivery of a baby. With shoulder dystocia, the baby’s shoulder becomes trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone, causing the baby to become stuck in the birth canal.

One of the biggest risks with shoulder dystocia is damage to the nerves that control the arms, a part of the body known as the brachial plexus. Unless delivery room personnel act quickly to ease tension on the baby’s shoulder, nerve damage to a baby’s arm from dystocia can cause:

  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • A persistent burning or stinging feeling
  • Partial or complete paralysis of the affected arm, including conditions like Erb’s palsy

If the umbilical cord becomes trapped between the shoulder and birth canal, the baby is also at risk of diminished oxygen flow, which could result in brain damage, cerebral palsy, and even death.

Shoulder Dystocia in Malpractice Cases

Shoulder dystocia is a serious birth complication and should be treated with urgency by medical professionals. Even when shoulder dystocia is caught early, emergency treatment, surgery, and lengthy physical therapy might be necessary to restore your child’s arm to full function. Sometimes, however, the nerve damage results in permanent disability.

For more than 50 years the Turley Law Firm has helped families seek justice in the wake of birth injuries and other traumatic instances of medical malpractice. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be entitled to compensation for:

  • Past, future, and ongoing medical care and physical therapy
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Compromised parent-child relationship

Though maximizing deserved compensation will be a key aspect of your case, our attorneys will also be concerned with helping you cope emotionally with the short- and long-term impacts of your child’s injury. The Turley Law Firm is dedicated to serving malpractice victims and their families with Integrity, Experience, and Compassion.

Birth injury can take many different forms, including shoulder dystocia. To schedule a free review of your case, please call the Turley Law Firm at 214-691-4025 or email  today. Proudly serving Dallas, North Texas, and clients throughout the United States since 1973.

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