Shoulder Dystocia

Chicago Shoulder Dystocia Birth Injury Attorneys

Helping the Victims of Shoulder Dystocia and Other Birth Injuries Throughout Illinois

Shoulder dystocia is a frightening and life-threatening childbirth medical condition. Shoulder dystocia typically occurs during delivery when the baby’s shoulders become stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone.

The Chicago birth injury law firm of Cogan & Power, P.C. has considerable experience helping the victims of shoulder dystocia and other birth injuries pursue medical malpractice claims.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our compassionate and skilled Chicago shoulder dystocia lawyers.

Medical Risks Caused by Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is an obstetric emergency, because the umbilical cord can become compressed within the birth canal, causing serious medical complications for the baby. Some of the medical risks caused by shoulder dystocia include:

  • Nerve damage in the baby’s shoulder, arms and hands, which can cause shaking or paralysis
  • Fracture of the baby’s arm or collarbone
  • Lack of oxygen to the baby, which can cause brain damage and even death
  • Heavy maternal bleeding after delivery
  • Tearing of the mother’s uterus, vagina, cervix or rectum
  • Bruising of the mother’s bladder

Risk Factors Associated with Shoulder Dystocia

There are certain known risk factors associated with shoulder dystocia, including:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Abnormally large baby
  • Baby in breech position
  • Post-date delivery
  • Small maternal pelvis

The obstetrician, treating doctor, nurse, or midwife should be aware that any of these risk factors could lead to shoulder dystocia during labor and delivery, and properly prepare for and treat the conditions. The failure to do so could amount to medical malpractice.

Trusted Birth Injury Attorneys

The Chicago birth injury attorneys at Cogan & Power have represented hundreds of clients involved in birth injury cases. We are well aware of the red flags that indicate potential medical malpractice. If you are concerned that medical malpractice or obstetrical negligence may have played a role in your child’s shoulder dystocia, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago birth injury attorneys at Cogan & Power. We will take the time to listen to your concerns before analyzing any potential legal claims that you may have.

Our considerable experience handling Chicago birth injury medical malpractice cases allows us to provide our clients with efficient and effective legal counsel. Moreover, our attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to helping the victims of medical malpractice recover for their losses and injuries, and we are committed to making the medical field safer for patients.

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