How to recognize shoulder dystocia in newborns

How to Recognize Shoulder Dystocia in Newborns

Are you concerned that your baby may have been injured while you were in labour? Shoulder dystocia is one injury that can happen to a baby while a mother is giving birth.

Shoulder dystocia happens when one or both of a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the vaginal canal during birth. The larger a baby is at birth, the more likely it is that shoulder dystocia will occur.

We’ll explain the following signs your child may have if they have shoulder dystocia:

  • Your baby has brachial plexus palsy.
  • Your baby has broken bones.
  • Your baby has Horney’s syndrome, which impacts the eyes and the face.

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we’re here for you if you want to talk to a shoulder dystocia lawyer about what your options are for pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Your Baby Has Brachial Plexus Palsy

One of the most frequent complications of shoulder dystocia is brachial plexus palsy. We have so many nerves running throughout our bodies! The brachial plexus nerves go from a person’s spinal cord in their neck to their arm. These nerves help your baby moves their arms, shoulders and hands.

Suppose these nerves are damaged due to shoulder dystocia. In that case, your baby may have issues with weakness and paralysis on one or both sides, depending on if they suffered from shoulder dystocia on only one side or both. Depending on the severity of the injury to the nerves, your child may require surgery or therapy or both.

Your Baby Has Broken Bones

You’ve waited so long for your baby to get here, but then the doctor tells you they have broken bones after delivery. One of the reasons this can happen is because of shoulder dystocia. Due to the extra pressure exerted on your baby during delivery, they may have fractures to their collarbone or upper arm bones.

Depending on how well these fractures heal, your child could be fine – but they could also suffer lifelong consequences. You may want to consult a shoulder dystocia lawyer if you think your baby’s shoulder dystocia was caused by medical malpractice.

Your Baby Has Horner’s Syndrome

When a baby has Horner’s syndrome, they may suffer from an injury to the nerves connecting their brain stem to their eyes and face. Some of the signs that your baby has Horner’s syndrome is that one or both of their eyelids droop or one of their pupils seems smaller than the other.

The good news is that generally, Horner’s syndrome is not thought to have a severe impact on a child’s ability to see. The best thing to do is have your baby examined by an ophthalmologist or optometrist to determine if they have any issues with their vision.

How can Sommers Roth & Elmaleh help me if I want to hire a shoulder dystocia lawyer?

At Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we have extensive experience pursuing various medical malpractice cases, including obstetrical malpractice, pediatric malpractice, medical misdiagnosis and prenatal testing.

Everyone looks forward to the day their baby is born. And while modern medicine has come a long way in making birth safer, complications can still happen. Some of these complications are unavoidable, but some of them occur due to medical negligence on the part of hospital staff.

One of these complications is shoulder dystocia, where a baby’s shoulders get stuck during delivery. If you think that your child has shoulder dystocia and you want to hire a shoulder dystocia lawyer, we’re here for you.

When you talk to a shoulder dystocia lawyer at Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, we’ll explain to you:

  • What some of the issues shoulder dystocia can cause. In a baby, shoulder dystocia can lead to lasting nerve damage. The mother may have experienced issues with vaginal tearing and heavy bleeding after birth.
  • What some of the causes of shoulder dystocia are. This is important to know because it can help determine if your medical team should have taken more precautions before you gave birth. Some of the causes of shoulder dystocia are the mother having diabetes, excessive weight gain while pregnant, and the baby having a high birth weight.
  • How the hospital staff should have handled the situation appropriately if there was an issue with shoulder dystocia. While a baby must be delivered as quickly and safely as possible, hospital staff should never resort to twisting and pulling on a baby’s head or arm to get the baby out.
  • Why it’s so important to talk to a shoulder dystocia lawyer if you have concerns that your child has been a victim of improper actions by hospital staff.

A shoulder dystocia lawyer can explain the impact of damage from shoulder dystocia and why you may need compensation to help pay for things like therapy to help your child heal.

It can be very challenging to prove that injuries from shoulder dystocia happened due to neglect of the hospital staff, which is why it’s so important to hire a shoulder dystocia lawyer to help you pursue your case.

A shoulder dystocia lawyer can help you fight your case and get you and your family the compensation you deserve.

It’s Important to Know If Your Child Has Been Injured During Birth

Having a newborn is exhausting! But if something seems not quite right with your baby, it’s vital to have them examined by a pediatrician. The sooner an injury or issue is detected, the better chance you have of fixing the problem.

These are three signs of shoulder dystocia in babies:

  • Issues moving their hands, arms, or shoulders.
  • Broken bones.
  • Issues with their eyes or eyelids.

If you think that your child has been impacted by shoulder dystocia, it’s essential to consult with a shoulder dystocia lawyer. Our shoulder dystocia lawyers can explain to you how strong a case you have and what kind of compensation we may be able to obtain for you.

Contact Us to Learn More About Hiring a Shoulder Dystocia Lawyer

To learn more about hiring a shoulder dystocia lawyer, contact us at 416-961-121 or online.

Jeremy M. Syrtash Jeremy is a civil litigator who specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury law, Jeremy understands the needs and concerns of his clients in order to help them navigate their complex situations. Jeremy is a passionate civil litigator who has successfully appeared before the Ontario court of justice, Ontario superior court of justice and the health professions appeal and review board. Jeremy is also a member of the law society of Ontario, Ontario bar association (oba), Ontario trial lawyers association (OTLA), the Toronto lawyers association (TLA), and the advocate’s society (tas).

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