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Birth Injuries Caused by Shoulder Dystocia, Use of Forceps

Shoulder dystocia refers to a situation in childbirth when, after the baby's head emerges, the baby's anterior shoulder gets stuck behind its mother's pelvis. When this happens, the baby cannot easily be delivered normally. This type of complication occurs in thousands of births each year and has the potential to cause substantial, sometimes lifelong injury to the baby. Labor positions, obstetrical maneuvers, and Cesarean sections are methods for handling this medical emergency.

If you are a member or former member of the military whose child has suffered a birth injury caused by shoulder dystocia or who died as a result because the situation was not anticipated or handled correctly by medical staff, you should consult with a attorney at the firm about your situation. You may be entitled to financial compensation from the government related to the injuries or wrongful death. Each case is unique and needs to be evaluated by our experienced lawyers to determine the validity and merits of the case.

Military Birth Injury Cases

Sometimes the baby grows too big to pass through the birth canal during childbirth; this is referred to as cephalo-pelvic disproportion. This may be because of prenatal conditions such as gestational diabetes. The baby then gets stuck. As a medical emergency, it calls for an experienced approach to re-position the baby so it can be delivered without complications. However, instead of performing the accepted maneuvers to free the baby, some doctors apply too much force while extracting the baby and injure the brachial plexus nerves that run down the baby's neck into the arms. Excessive pressure on the baby's arm or neck at delivery can result in severe and permanent injury to the arm or the arm's ability to function normally.

This medical error can be avoided by anticipating the problem and delivery by Cesarean section or, if the delivery is too far along to do a C-section, by performing accepted maneuvers to re-position the baby to complete a successful vaginal delivery. If your baby has suffered an injury to the brachial plexus or has suffered a brachial plexus injury during childbirth, it may have been caused by medical malpractice. A military medical malpractice lawyer at our firm can evaluate the medical records to determine whether your baby's injuries were caused by negligent medical care.