During a normal birth, the infant's head usually appears first and the shoulders and the rest of the body follow. In some cases, however, the baby's shoulders remain lodged inside the mother. Called "shoulder dystocia," this is a medical emergency requiring the obstetrician to take swift and specific action. Uncorrected, shoulder dystocia can lead to oxygen deprivation, brain damage, paralysis in the arm and even potential infant death.
If a medical professional's negligence led to shoulder dystocia and serious injuries to your newborn, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. At Block O'Toole & Murphy, our attorneys for shoulder dystocia in New York have the resources and experience necessary to perform a full investigation of even the most complicated malpractice claims.
We have successfully recovered well over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our injured clients. In one recent case, we obtained a $4 million settlement* on behalf of an infant who suffered a brachial plexus injury during delivery.
Erb's Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy and Other Nerve Injuries
If a doctor uses excessive tension or traction on an infant suffering from shoulder dystocia, it can tear the baby's nerve fibers, resulting in paralysis of the arm or hand. This condition is called "Erb's palsy." Many infants affected by Erb's palsy require special medical procedures, rehabilitation or surgery. Negligent treatment or prevention of shoulder dystocia can also cause a variety of other brachial plexus nerve injuries.
Call an Attorney for Erb's Palsy in New York
If you believe your child suffered Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy or any other negligence-related birth injury or condition, contact the experienced medical negligence lawyers at the New York City law firm of Block O'Toole & Murphy today. Medical malpractice victims may be eligible to recover compensation for past and future medical bills, loss of earnings, and pain and suffering.
We offer a FREE, no-obligation consultation so that you can have the opportunity to discuss your case with our attorneys at no cost. Call us today at 212-736-5300, or contact us online.
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*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.