Underreported Shoulder Dystocia


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It is hard for a family to accept the fact that their child has a birth injury like shoulder dystocia. Even worse is knowing a child will never fully recover. The extent of effects a birth injury will have on the family varies from case to case. Birth injuries can be minor, or even fatal. It is devastating to learn your child has suffered shoulder dystocia, and it can be hard to know where to turn for help. What the family needs is assistance, support and advice from a birth injury attorney with experience trying shoulder dystocia cases. When filing a birth injury lawsuit, it is necessary to hire an attorney that understands all the complexities when dealing with these cases.

Brachial Plexus and Shoulder Dystocia

One common birth injury is brachial plexus. Over the past years, some obstetrical researchers have published reports hypothesizing that brachial plexus injures are unpredictable and result from forces within the uterus itself. Birth injury attorneys argue that it the propulsive action of the uterus stretching the nerves of the brachial plexus that cause brachial palsy injuries. They draw their conclusion from the works of other researchers who reviewed records of infant who were born with brachial plexus injures and whose obstetrician or birth attendant did not document shoulder dystocia at the time of birth. In such cases, medical staff plays an important role in observing and then documenting everything clearly. In a different retrospective review of 26,033 vaginal births in which brachial plexus injury occurs, shoulder dystocia was underreported because the diagnosis relies on retrospective and subjective information processed by the clinician. The better explanation is that when the anterior arm was involved in the shoulder dystocia, the posterior arm was forcefully maneuvered in the delivery because the anterior arm could not be reached, thereby resulting in injury to the posterior arm. In such cases, parents can win their lawsuits against those clinicians who underreported the problem. It is critical for every couple confronted with shoulder dystocia or brachial plexus issues to retain an experienced and knowledgeable birth injuries lawyer.

South Carolina Shoulder Dystocia Lawyer

Mark D. Clore is an accomplished birth injury lawyer in Charleston SC. He is licensed to practice in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Washington DC. Attorneys from across the nation seek him out to assit their birth injury claims due to his success in trying various birth injuries including shoulder dystocia.

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