Shoulder Dystocia

The Epstein Law Firm has worked on cases involving a wide range of birth injury cases, including those resulting from shoulder dystocia.

Dystocia is an abnormally difficult or slow childbirth. Shoulder dystocia is a particular type of dystocia in which the baby’s shoulder gets stuck, slowing the childbirth process, cutting off the baby’s air supply, and potentially damaging the nerves of the baby’s shoulder, the brachial plexus. Shoulder dystocia can result in serious harm to both mother and child, including:

  • Erb’s palsy
  • Fetal hypoxia (lack of oxygen to the brain)
  • Brain damage
  • Klumpke’s Palsy
  • Wrongful death

Many times, a skilled doctor can help a child through shoulder dystocia with little or no complications. While shoulder dystocia is rare, it does happen, and doctors must be prepared to handle the situation quickly. There are a few potential warning signs that shoulder dystocia could happen, including:

  • A very large baby (macrosomia)
  • Mother has diabetes
  • Mother is pregnant with more than one baby
  • Mother is obese
  • Baby is delivered after due date
  • Mother has operative vaginal birth (doctor has to use forceps or vacuum)

However, it is possible for shoulder dystopia to occur without any warning signs at all. While most cases are handled satisfactorily, with no serious harm to mother or child, in some rare cases, the skill of the doctor is lacking and medical negligence results causing a child a lifetime of serious complications like brain damage or even partial paralysis. If you or your baby suffered long-lasting damages to your health or well-being, it’s time to consider a medical malpractice suit.

Jack Epstein will carefully investigate every aspect of your case to determine whether or not medical negligence played a role in your child’s condition. We have the skill and experience to pursue monetary compensation for the financial hardships you and your child face.

If your child has suffered due to shoulder dystocia, and you feel medical negligence played a role, we can help you explore your legal options. Please contact us today online or by telephone at 773-522-7000 to speak with an experienced Chicago shoulder dystocia law firm. Our law office is conveniently located in Chicago, Illinois with Downtown and West Side Offices. We also have offices in Stone Park and in Aurora.

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