How was my baby’s arm broken during birth? This is a question from some parents who are dealing with not only the baby’s broken arm, but the possibility of critical nerve issues down the line. Parents can sometimes be blindsided with these types of injuries, especially when mom has done everything in her power to follow all of the doctor’s orders.
One of the main purposes of this Maryland child birth injury educational article is to introduce a medical condition called shoulder dystocia, and how it can lead to the types of injuries mentioned above.
A MARYLAND SHOULDER DYSTOCIA INJURY LAWYER…
Anytime a parent reports that their child has suffered a broken arm at birth and concurrent nerve injury, the medical condition shoulder dystocia comes to mind. Shoulder dystocia is a condition in which the baby can become trapped behind the mother’s pelvis. This action creates an emergency in the delivery room.
The reason shoulder dystocia is an emergency is because if the baby is not freed in time serious injury or death can occur.
HOW WAS MY BABY’S ARM BROKEN DURING BIRTH?
The answer to the question of how was my baby’s arm broken during birth can sometimes revolve around how did the doctors and medical professionals react to a shoulder dystocia condition. Doctors are taught certain techniques and maneuvers to free a baby battling shoulder dystocia.
Because the condition presents an emergency, doctors can sometimes panic. This panic can then lead to the doctor’s misapplication of the techniques. The misapplication can then lead to the doctor putting too much force on the baby, causing injury to either the arm, shoulder blade (clavicle), or hand (in some cases injury to all three).
HOW DO PARENTS KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE INJURY?
When a child is injured like this, parents sometimes will not know the complete extent of the injury until the child has had a full work up. Neurologists and other doctors can give opinions as to the extent of the injury and a future prognosis.
DO YOU WANT TO TALK MORE ABOUT YOUR BABY’S INJURY?
If your baby has experienced any of what I mentioned above, and you would like to speak with me further, pick up the phone and call me.
I can be reached at 301-850-4832. I answer medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.
Boston Law Group, LLC
2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815