"Dystocia" comes from Greek, and it means "bad childbirth." When shoulder dystocia occurs during delivery of a baby, both the mother and child may receive severe birth injuries unless the attending doctor takes effective action to resolve the situation. It happens when the baby's anterior shoulder becomes stuck under the mother's pubic bone after the head has been delivered. The child may suffer injuries which can lead to paralysis or death, while the mother is exposed to the risk of post-partum hemorrhage. If labor & delivery problems related to shoulder dystocia caused you or your child to suffer injury, come to The Tolson Firm, LLC for help pursuing a medical malpractice settlement.
The costs of treating the types of birth injuries caused by shoulder dystocia can be considerable, and you deserve compensation for all your expenses, in addition to damages for the considerable impact this situation may have on your life. Your child may require ongoing medical care and accommodation for conditions such as Erb's palsy or cerebral palsy, and may be dependent on you for the rest of your life. We have successfully litigated dozens of multi-million dollar settlements on behalf of our clients, and when you work with an Atlanta medical malpractice attorney from our firm, you will have the full benefit of our 17 years of experience on your side.
Obstetricians have a variety of maneuvers at their disposal to handle a case of shoulder dystocia, but incompetence or mistakes in using any one of them can cause the child to suffer a brachial plexus injury, ranging from stretching of the nerves to an avulsion where the nerves are torn from the spinal cord. The doctor may also be charged with negligence for failure to initiate a C-section early enough to prevent the child from suffering brain damage through hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). If you believe that your doctor's mistake is the cause of the injuries suffered by you or your baby, call us today to allow us to begin work on your claim.