Living With Shoulder Dystocia

Living With Shoulder Dystocia

While you’re excited about having a baby, it can be nerve-wracking going into labour – whether it’s your first time or you’ve done it before.

And while everyone would like to have a quick and smooth delivery, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Depending on the size and position of the baby, there may be complications during birth – one of which is shoulder dystocia.

We’ll explain:

  • Why shoulder dystocia occurs.
  • What are some of the immediate effects of shoulder dystocia are.
  • What are some of the long-term effects of untreated shoulder dystocia are.

If your child has been a victim of shoulder dystocia, you may need the services of a shoulder dystocia lawyer.

Why does shoulder dystocia happen?

If a baby is too large for its mother’s birth canal, then its shoulders may become lodged in its mother’s pelvis. Shoulder dystocia is more common in children who are close to 10 pounds or heavier at birth.

With shoulder dystocia, a baby’s shoulders are still stuck inside the mother after the head has already been delivered. This can cause problems with the baby successfully being born, and a doctor may have to use additional interventions to help the baby’s shoulders move through.

These are some other risk factors for shoulder dystocia:

  • The mother has diabetes.
  • Labour was induced.
  • The mother has more than one child.
  • The mother is giving birth after the due date.

What are some of the immediate effects of shoulder dystocia?

If shoulder dystocia occurs during labour, there is an increased risk of injury to both the baby and its mother.

These are the most significant complications as a result of shoulder dystocia:

  • The mother suffers from excessive bleeding.
  • The mother is injured by tearing in areas such as the cervix, uterus, or vagina.
  • The baby’s shoulders, arms, or hands are injured.
  • The baby’s brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, which can cause brain damage.

All of these complications should be immediately addressed by the attending medical staff. A good shoulder dystocia lawyer can discuss with you whether or not you and your child received adequate care after a shoulder dystocia event.

What are some of the long terms effects of shoulder dystocia?

The severity of the impact of shoulder dystocia has varied depending on how quickly and competently a doctor manages to deliver the baby entirely and properly deal with any immediate medical issues.

Two of the severest complications that can arise from shoulder dystocia are Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy.

Erb’s palsy can be a lifelong condition, although the impact can be lessened with good quality medical care and treatment during the first year of an impacted child’s life. With Erb’s palsy, a child’s nerves that carry signals from its spinal cord to its shoulder, arms, and fingers are damaged. This injury can result in a child having decreased sensation in the affected area and limited ability to move their shoulders, fingers and arms. In a worst-case scenario, the child’s shoulders, fingers, or arms are paralyzed.

Cerebral palsy is a permanent disability that impact’s a child’s nervous system. Shoulder dystocia can lead to oxygen deprivation in a baby (due to umbilical cord compression), which can, in turn, cause cerebral palsy. Depending on how severe the cerebral palsy is, a child’s ability to move, see, and communicate can be impacted.

Why would I want to consult with a shoulder dystocia lawyer?

At best, your shoulder dystocia was quickly resolved, with no damage to either yourself or your baby. And if this sounds like you, then you may not need to consult a shoulder dystocia lawyer.

But if you’re situation wasn’t like this – if you suffered injuries due to shoulder dystocia, or your child suffered injuries or even lifelong damage due to shoulder dystocia, then you should consult a shoulder dystocia lawyer.

When you come to Sommers Roth & Elmaleh, you’ll find a staff of competent and caring shoulder dystocia lawyers. We can explain all of the following in detail to you:

  1. What precautions the hospital or doctor should have taken to help ensure shoulder dystocia did not happen.
  2. How the hospital or doctor should have reacted when shoulder dystocia did occur.
  3. What kind of treatment you and your child should have received – both immediately after birth and in the months following your child’s birth – due to shoulder dystocia.
  4. Whether you can file a lawsuit due to mistreated or unidentified shoulder dystocia.

The impact of shoulder dystocia can be minor if handled well – but it can also have a life-long negative effect if handled poorly. That’s why you need the services of a shoulder dystocia lawyer, especially if your child has suffered long-term complications due to shoulder dystocia.

As shoulder dystocia lawyers, we can help you receive the financial compensation you deserve and that you need to provide yourself and your child with financial security. Our shoulder dystocia lawyers can explain to you what types of payment you may be eligible for:

  • Lost wages.
  • Home accessibility modifications or even the purchase of a new home.
  • Attendant care services, including private nurses and disability support workers.

Our shoulder dystocia lawyers will fight to get the compensation you and your child are entitled to.

The Takeaway

We’ve explained:

  • That shoulder dystocia happens when a baby’s shoulders get lodged in its mother’s pelvis during delivery.
  • Some of the short-term impacts of shoulder dystocia can be including injuries to the mother, the child, or both.
  • What some of the long-term impacts can be, including Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy.

If you or your child are suffering from short or long-term impacts of shoulder dystocia, you need to consult with shoulder dystocia lawyers. We’re experienced shoulder dystocia lawyers who can explain everything you need to know about filing a case for shoulder dystocia and how we can help you get the compensation and financial security you need.

Contact Us To Learn About Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers Can Help You

We’re here to help! Give us a call at 416-961-1212 or contact us online to learn about how a shoulder dystocia lawyer can help you.

Hilik Elmaleh

Hilik practices in the area of civil litigation, with a particular focus on medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. he is a member of the law society of Ontario, the Canadian bar association, the American association for justice, the medical-legal society of Toronto and the Toronto lawyers association.

Hilik has been selected for inclusion in best lawyers Ontario and best lawyers Canada and is ranked as a leading practitioner in medical negligence law by expert, the Canadian legal expert directory.

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