BRACHIAL PLEXUS INJURY / SHOULDER DYSTOCIA
Has Your Child Suffered a Preventable Birth Injury in Orlando, FL?
Shoulder dystocia is a predictable and treatable condition that can lead to a devastating and life-long brachial plexus injury. Most of these injuries are preventable. Many times, medical providers fail to recognize the risk factors that predispose a newborn child to a brachial plexus injury. The outcome is a child who suffers a life-long disability as a result of medical malpractice – which could have ultimately been avoided. If your child was injured at birth, we encourage you to learn more about your legal options. Contact an Orlando medical malpractice attorney at Todd Miner Law®️ for help.
About Shoulder Dystocia & Brachial Plexus Injuries
Shoulder dystocia is a complication of labor that causes the child’s shoulder to become impinged (or trapped) in the birth canal during delivery. This causes a stretching injury to the nerves in the cervical (neck) area. This injury is called a brachial plexus injury. The term “brachial plexus” refers to the nerves branching off the spinal cord in the cervical area. These nerves primarily receive and feed impulses to and from the arms. Injuries to these nerves can cause Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s palsy. A palsy is a loss of sensation and ability control movement of the arm.
Examples of risk factors that should be considered by a medical provider to prevent shoulder dystocia:
- Macrosomia (large baby based ultrasound)
- Maternal diabetes
- Multi-parity (previous pregnancies)
- Post-term gestation (being overdue)
- Previous history of macrocosmic birth
- Previous history of shoulder dystocia
- Labor induction
- Epidural anesthesia
- Operative vaginal delivery (forceps and vacuum-assisted delivery)
Contact Todd Miner Law®️ to Discuss Your Legal Options
When a medical provider ignores these risk factors, a child may have to grow and live with a lifetime of limitations. Although no amount of money can undo the damages, you have every right to seek justice on behalf of your child. Allow our Orlando personal injury lawyer, Todd Miner, to advocate for your child during this trying time. Backed by more than 30 years of legal experience from both sides of the law, Todd and his team have what it takes to fight tenaciously for your child’s best interests. Contact our office today to get started with a free, no-obligation case consultation.