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Shoulder Dystocia - Portland Birth Injury Attorney

Portland Medical Malpractice Attorney Patrick Block Can Help

When you or your loved one welcomed your child into the world, you expected the delivery and labor process to be as simple as possible. However, there are many things that can go wrong, and part of why we go to the hospital to have children is for doctors, nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals to recognize and fix these situations before they become a problem for the child or the mother.

Shoulder dystocia occurs when doctors have a difficult time delivering a baby due to one or both of the shoulders becoming stuck in the birth canal. Once this is realized by a medical professional, necessary steps must be taken immediately in order to prevent serious and permanent injury to the baby or the mother.

Has your infant suffered because a doctor did not recognize the signs and symptoms? Contact The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C. immediately. Your baby may be entitled to compensation that can help assist them for the rest of their life, and our Portland birth injury lawyer can help your family seek justice.

How is a doctor responsible for a birth injury?

One of the responsibilities of a doctor is both to identify potential risks and take steps to minimize these risks and take proper action if a problem has been identified.

Some signs that can indicate a shoulder dystocia risk include:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Previous pregnancy with shoulder dystocia
  • Large baby
  • Breech position
  • Small pelvis
  • Overweight mother
  • Overdue baby
  • Large weight gain during pregnancy

Once shoulder dystocia has been recognized, a physician or other medical professional can take steps such as repositioning the mother’s legs, applying pressure on the stomach, or turning the baby to help release the shoulder that has been stuck. If these methods do not work, the next step may be to break the shoulder or clavicle of the infant or perform an emergency C-section on the mother.

The most important thing to do when it occurs during delivery is to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. Failure to prevent damage can cause damage to the nerves that can range from mild to severe. In some instances, the injury can get better over time, but it can also be permanent and life-lasting.

Contact a Portland Lawyer to Discuss Your Options

Has your baby been affected by shoulder dystocia? They are entitled to compensation. Doctors and medical professionals that were in charge of ensuring a safe delivery of your infant are expected to act properly when an emergency situation arises. No infant deserves to suffer at the hands of a doctor that is unable to properly perform their job.

When you need a strong advocate to stand by your side, Portland medical malpractice lawyer Patrick L. Block is here for you. Your child may be entitled to damages to cover their medical expenses, emotional pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, future lost wages, and rehabilitation costs to help them in the future.

Our attorney has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for victims of medical malpractice in Oregon. Learn more about how The Law Offices of Patrick L. Block, P.C. can help your case by filling out a free case evaluation form.