Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that occurs when your baby’s shoulders become stuck in the birth canal during a normal vaginal delivery. A delay of several minutes between the emergence of a baby’s head and shoulders can have a profound impact on your newborn’s health, requiring swift and decisive action on the part of medical staff attending your delivery. There are a number of proven methods that can be employed to reduce the risk of injury to your baby. Failure to provide these emergency services is a clear instance of medical negligence, and entitles you to seek compensation for your child’s injuries.

Detecting Shoulder Dystocia in Pennsylvania

In 2006, a team of medical investigators developed clear ways for doctors to detect a pregnant woman’s potential for birth complications prior to delivery. Based on maternal size and fetal weight, doctors can now determine if brachial plexus injuries such as shoulder dystocia are likely long before you go into labor. If it is likely, alternate delivery methods such as a C-section may be required.

Not all instances of shoulder dystocia can be detected prior to delivery. Doctors and medical staff undergo rigorous training to prepare them for these types of unforeseen complications. Doctors need to think and act quickly in these situations to ensure a smooth delivery. Unfortunately, they often fail to detect the issue, and the end result can be damage to your baby’s brachial plexus nerves, fractured clavicles, internal lacerations, and even fetal asphyxia.

Protecting Your Child’s Future

When your doctor fails to detect the potential for shoulder dystocia, or fails to act appropriately when the problem presents itself, you deserve to seek compensation for the medical and emotional consequences their negligence has caused. The aggressive birth injury attorneys in Pennsylvania at Wapner Newman are fully prepared to help you seek justice, and obtain the compensation you need to protect your child’s future.

Our Philadelphia Malpractice Lawyers

If your child suffered shoulder dystocia during delivery in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact our experienced Philadelphia birth injury lawyers today to schedule a free initial consultation. Wapner Newman serves shoulder dystocia victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.