Shoulder Dystocia May Require Lifelong Medical Care
Shoulder dystocia, which occurs when an infant’s shoulder catches on the mother’s hip during child birth, is a medical emergency that happens with little warning. If there is a delay implementing procedures to help prevent injury to the mother and infant, severe injury can result.
Obstetricians are taught to look for specific signs alerting them of shoulder dystocia, and when they are present, the goal should be delivery of the infant as quickly as possible. Failure to recognize these signs or to take prompt and appropriate action violates the necessary standard of care. Our lawyers represent Illinois families when shoulder dystocia is the result of medical negligence, pursuing just compensation for the injuries suffered and the long-term medical needs.
A child who suffers a shoulder dystocia injury may experience:
- Paralysis in the affected arm
- Poor muscle control in the arm and hand
- Lack of sensation in the arm and hand
These injuries may last a lifetime. Children with shoulder dystocia need ongoing medical treatment, including physical therapy. In severe cases, the child may need surgery.
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