Shoulder Dystocia Injuries

Shoulder dystocia is a frightening medical emergency in the delivery room, and although there are many factors to consider when determining what could have or should have been done, it is important to speak with a qualified birth injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.

The attorneys of Christiansen Law Offices advise and represent families who have birth injury concerns in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas. Contact us online or call 702-763-6113 to arrange a free initial consultation.

What Is Shoulder Dystocia and What Causes It?

When a mother is giving birth, shoulder dystocia can result if the infant comes through the birth canal head first and the anterior shoulder of the infant cannot pass below the mother's pelvic bone. When this happens, the baby requires a significant amount of adjustment to pass through the birth canal. Because the baby's shoulder becomes impacted inside the mother’s body, shoulder dystocia is a risk for the mother and the baby.

Shoulder dystocia occurs in about 1 percent of vaginal births. If a mother is past her due date, the risk of shoulder dystocia increases. Depending on the severity of the injury and whether there was prolonged lack of oxygen during or after birth, shoulder dystocia can result in permanent brain damage or, in extreme cases, death.

Although it is rare, shoulder dystocia usually happens when the mother’s pelvis is small and the baby is large. This condition is known as cephalopelvic disproportion. In some cases, if the mother has gestational diabetes, or if she is carrying multiple babies, shoulder dystocia injuries are more likely to occur.

Contact Christiansen Law Offices

If you or your family member has questions about a recent delivery during which the baby suffered injuries or the mother died during labor, please call our law offices today in Las Vegas for help with your case.

Send us an email or call 702-763-6113 today. All initial consultations are free of charge, and we are here to help.

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