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New Mexico Shoulder Dystocia Attorneys

Birth Injuries Caused by Mismanaged Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is a birth complication that occurs when the infant’s shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone. While the infant is passing through the birth canal, the head should present first and the body should follow. With shoulder dystocia, the shoulder will not deliver. Significant manipulation may be required to dislodge the shoulder and complete delivery.

Today’s obstetricians are trained on how to recognize shoulder dystocia and should know which method of manipulation to undertake based on the specific situation. A delay in diagnosing shoulder dystocia can result in serious injury to the brachial plexus nerves, which run from the neck and into the arms, or other injury to mother or baby.

If your child suffered any type of birth injury associated with shoulder dystocia, a New Mexico birth injury lawyer at Tom Rhodes Law Firm can help. We are compassionate and caring, and our attorneys are recognized for excellence in this field. Shoulder dystocia injury claims can be difficult to handle, but we know what types of errors or malpractice to look for.

Find out more about shoulder dystocia and whether you have a claim – call (505) 544-4088 today.

Shoulder Dystocia Injuries & Your Right to Compensation

20% of infants will experience temporary or permanent injury after shoulder dystocia deliveries. These injuries may include:

  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Fractured clavicle
  • Fractured humerus
  • Contusions
  • Fetal asphyxia

The mother may also be at risk of suffering injury when shoulder dystocia occurs, including blood loss and vaginal or vulvar lacerations.

Just because an injury occurs, this does not necessarily mean that malpractice has occurred. You will need to prove that the doctor provided substandard care related to the diagnosis or treatment of shoulder dystocia or any resulting conditions. That is where our New Mexico birth injury attorneys can provide invaluable support. We have access to the top experts in the U.S. on birth trauma and can work to determine whether your doctor was negligent – and how to prove this. Our goal will be to recover compensation for all of your child’s current and ongoing medical expenses, plus any additional damages that may apply, to ensure their continued care and security.

Contact our team at (505) 544-4088 for more information.

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