Obtaining Compensation For Shoulder Dystocia Victims

In most uncomplicated births, the baby's head comes out first, followed by its shoulders and the rest of its body. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the infant's shoulders remain trapped in the birth canal. This is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention on the part of the obstetrician. If an OB-GYN or another medical professional fails to take appropriate action, shoulder dystocia can lead to hypoxia, brain damage and death.

Erb's Palsy And Other Types Of Nerve Damage

Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy and a range of other serious conditions can result from damage to the brachial plexus nerve system, which runs through the neck and upper arm. Frequently, brachial plexus damage results from doctors using excessive traction (including the use of forceps) on infants suffering from shoulder dystocia. Too much tension can tear the infant's nerve fibers, resulting in paralysis of the child's arm or hand, loss of feeling, severe pain or other symptoms.

Because children affected by shoulder dystocia or Erb's palsy often require surgery, rehabilitation and other medical care, it is important to obtain the full amount of compensation your family needs. In cases of birth injuries, you may be eligible to recover money for your child's medical bills, lost quality of life and more.

Call Our Iowa Shoulder Dystocia And Medical Malpractice Attorneys

If your child was diagnosed with Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy or any other condition related to shoulder dystocia, learn more about your legal rights and options. To request a free case evaluation, call the West Des Moines office of Hixson & Brown, P.C., at 515-650-4531 or toll free at 800-229-9854. You can also reach our lawyers via our online contact form.