One of the most frightening emergencies that can occur during the delivery of your baby is shoulder dystocia: when one of the infant’s shoulders becomes caught behind the mother’s pelvic bone preventing delivery and preventing delivery. This complication of birth, which takes place in about one percent of deliveries, can often be corrected with a number of maneuvers and strategies that free the shoulder. However, failure to recognize shoulder dystocia or failure to appropriately fix the issue can lead to serious birth injuries.

An estimated 20 percent of babies who experience shoulder dystocia will suffer an injury as a result—and a significant percentage of those children will face long-term health consequences. Common injuries include:

  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Erb’s palsy
  • Klumpke’s palsy
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Brain damage
  • And death

When a shoulder dystocia event takes place, doctors only have a few minutes to act. While some might respond correctly to such an emergency, others may make mistakes, fail to act, or even fail to recognize the problem. If your child’s shoulder dystocia injury was caused by negligence or a medical mistake, you may wish to speak with a Louisville birth injury attorney. At Gray & White, we can analyze the evidence in your case and let you know whether or not you should pursue a birth injury lawsuit. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law