Prince George’s County Childbirth Injury Attorney Marcus Boston Explains A Shoulder Dystocia Injury To Your Baby’s Arm Or Hand During Birth
A Shoulder dystocia injury to your baby’s arm or hand during birth is a serious medical condition which occurs in a number of births each year.
With that said, there are many people who are not aware of the condition.
For many parents their initial encounter with this condition will occur when they realize that their baby is either not using one of their hands or hardly moving a limb.
Because a baby cannot tell us what hurts it can be a challenge for a parent to know initially the extent of a birth related injury, especially if there has been an injury to your baby’s arm or hand during birth.
The following educational article and supplemental video will help explain shoulder dystocia and how it can happen.
WHEN THE BABY GETS STUCK IN THE BIRTH CANAL…
Essentially shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvis.
This creates an emergency in the delivery room because doctors must hurry to free the child.
Where issues can arise is when the doctors and nurses panic and do not follow good and acceptable medical procedures.
Doctors not following acceptable medical procedures will tend to apply force to the baby’s head and neck area.
As a result, an injury to the baby can occur.
WHAT ARE SOME TYPES OF INJURIES THAT CAN OCCUR?
One of the main areas of injury in a shoulder dystocia case is an injury to the brachial plexus nerves.
These nerves are located in the shoulder area and are responsible for arm and hand movements, among other things.
An injury in this area can cause children not to be able to use their hand or arm.
Brachial plexus palsy, Erb’s palsy, and Klumpke’s palsy are some of the official names of injuries related to shoulder dystocia.
SHOULD I SPEAK WITH AN ATTORNEY IF THIS HAPPENED TO ME?
It may not be a bad idea to at least speak to an attorney if your child has suffered from an injury following shoulder dystocia complications.
In some cases a baby may be able to recover with no permanent injuries.
However, this is not always the case due to the severity of the underlying injury.
By speaking with an attorney you can have a better understanding of the options available to your baby.
To speak with me further about what’s going on in your situation I invite you to give me a call at 301-850-4832.
I answer childbirth injury questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.
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Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
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