When medical providers are negligent in the delivery of newborn babies, terrible accidents, such as those associated with shoulder dystocia, occur. Dystocia is a serious delivery complication that happens when the baby’s shoulder gets impacted. If proper procedures aren’t followed, serious consequences can result, causing severe bleeding and internal injuries in the mother and Erb’s palsy in the infant.
Erb’s palsy is one of the most serious shoulder dystocia conditions, resulting in a torn brachial plexus nerve. This nerve is responsible for arm, hand and finger movement, and damage can make the baby unable to move its arm. Sometimes, surgical procedures can restore nerve function, but permanent damage can result, causing a lifetime of suffering for the child.
Approximately 20,000 cases of this condition occur each year in the United States, many of which result in medical-malpractice lawsuits. When medical-malpractice lawyers in Southern California represent such claimants, they must evaluate the birth complications and determine whether negligence played a role in the injuries. There are risk factors that have been recognized for shoulder dystocia, and a case of negligence will carry a lot of weight if these risks were ignored.
There is no amount of money that can fully compensate for a child who has been hurt, but the money is necessary to cover the expensive medical treatments that result from the shoulder dystocia injury.
Howard C. Kornberg is a Southern California lawyer who is knowledgeable in birth injury law. He has been awarded the coveted AV rating* from Martindale-Hubbell for his high standards of ethics and trial-litigation skills, making him the top choice for personal injury law in the state.
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