Some of the symptoms of a brachial plexus injury include:

  • loss of muscle control;
  • loss of sensation; and
  • a limp or paralyzed arm.

Many recover after a few weeks or months, but others suffer permanent injury. A lack of oxygen is another complication that can occur with shoulder dystocia if the umbilical cord becomes compressed. The longer the child is deprived of oxygen, the greater the risk of brain damage. In some cases, it could even result in death.

Shoulder Dystocia Complications Affecting the Mother

In general, complications are less severe for the mother. This can include bruising of the bladder and lacerations of the vagina, rectum, cervix or uterus. However, there is also the risk of excessive bleeding.

Holding a Doctor Liable for Injuries

Difficulties during the birthing process aren't uncommon. Most of the time doctors are successful in handling the situation. But sometimes there are circumstances in which a mother might question if the problem was preventable. Or a mother might have concerns about the way the doctor treated the medical situation.

If the doctor failed to take appropriate action, and you or your child suffered injury, then the doctor may be liable for these or other related injuries. Call Jason R. Schultz at 404-474-0804 to set up a consultation.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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