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Shoulder Dystocia

Texas Birth Injury Attorney

Shoulder dystocia is an injury that occurs when an infant's shoulders are caught behind the pelvic bone as the head passes through the birth canal. To avoid damaging the infant's brachial plexus nerves, a doctor can execute a number of different maneuvers to free the baby's shoulders and deliver the infant safely. If shoulder dystocia is not diagnosed and proper procedures aren't undertaken, damage to the brachial plexus nerves can result in cerebral palsy, Erb's palsy, Klumpke's paralysis, and other physical impairments.

At Hartley Hampton, P.C.,, our birth injury attorney works closely with obstetricians and other medical experts in evaluating the decisions and actions of doctors, nurses, and attending staff in cases involving shoulder dystocia. We expose negligence and failures to conduct proper testing and fetal monitoring that play a role in shoulder dystocia.

If your doctor failed to diagnose shoulder dystocia or failed to perform the right maneuver in delivering your child, contact birth injury attorney Hartley Hampton today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Preventing Shoulder Dystocia

In order to prevent shoulder dystocia, nurses, attendants, and doctors should engage in preventative measures and be alert to problems with the position of an infant. Proper monitoring of an infant's vital signs and the position of the baby should be undertaken. If it becomes apparent that an infant's shoulders are caught behind the mother's pelvic bone, Zavanelli's maneuver, McRoberts' maneuver, or Wood's screw maneuver should be used to avoid injury to the baby. In consultation with medical experts, our medical malpractice attorney reviews the vital signs of an infant, whether proper monitoring was provided, and how doctors executed one of several maneuvers recommended to avoid shoulder dystocia.

Shoulder Dystocia and Birth Injuries - Determining if You have a Case

Our attorney meticulously reviews the actions and decisions of doctors in order to identify miscommunication, deviations from standard treatment protocols, and failures to follow up on certain signs and symptoms.

Contact Houston Shoulder Dystocia Lawyer Hartley Hampton Today

In order to help parents plan for the care of their child, our attorney explains advantages associated with structured settlements and special needs trusts. Both allow a beneficiary to exempt a certain amount of their funds from taxes and Medicaid eligibility calculations. For more information regarding our practice and how we can help you, contact shoulder dystocia attorney Hartley Hampton today.

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Hartley Hampton, P.C.
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Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-574-8660
Toll Free: 866-635-0811
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