Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers Review Cases Nationwide

Shoulder dystocia occurs during birth when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck on the mother’s pubic bone.  As a result, the child could suffer an injury to their shoulder or to the brain, potentially resulting in a life-long disability.

Recognized medical precautions can be taken to prevent or minimize the risk of shoulder dystocia during delivery. In addition, when a baby becomes stuck in the birth canal and lodged against the pubic bone, prompt actions must be taken to remove the baby as soon as possible.

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How a doctor, hospital or nurse reacts to this can be the difference between a completely healthy child, and a child with a lifetime disability such as Cerebral Palsy or Brachial Plexus Injury (also known as Erb’s Palsy).

Shoulder dystocia lawsuits are reviewed nationwide by the birth injury lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. If you suspect that your child or a family member may have suffered an injury at birth from a medical mistake, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.


If a baby becomes stuck in the birth canal, they will often be unable to breath resulting in oxygen being deprived to the brain.  This could result in permanent brain damage, which is a potential cause of Cerebral Palsy. Children diagnosed with cerebral palsy can experience difficulty with motor control and muscle coordination, which could impact their ability to walk, talk and move independently.

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Shoulder dystocia can also result in an injury to the brachial plexus nerves in the baby’s shoulder causing an Erb’s Palsy disability.  This result from the pressure on the shoulder while the baby is stuck, or from excessive force or overreaction by the doctor trying to pull the baby out of the birth canal.

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If a doctor is not able to immediately free the shoulder, proper steps must be taken to deliver the baby or perform a cesarean (c-section).  When a mother places her trust in a doctor and hospital, she is relying on the medical staff to follow proper precautions to avoid this situation and to react appropriately if thesituation does arises. Failure to follow proper medical standards or care could leave the child with life-long disabilities from shoulder dystocia.

The shoulder dystocia lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. have reviewed thousands of claims for parents of children who suffered a birth injury caused by negligence or mistakes during child birth.

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, erbs palsy or another birth injury from shoulder dystocia, request a free consultation to review the circumstances surrounding the birth and have medical records reviewed by qualified experts to determine whether a medical mistake could have been prevented.  There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for the child.