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Understanding shoulder dystocia and Erb’s palsy

As an expectant mother, you hope that everything goes as planned during the delivery process. While this is typically true, there are times when medical professionals make a mistake.

For example, shoulder dystocia occurs when the infant's shoulder is stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone. In this case, doctors must make all the right moves to ensure that the baby is removed without harm.

In the event that a mistake is made, the baby could suffer from nerve damage, such as the brachial plexus nerves being torn. When this happens, a condition known as Erb's palsy can set in.

Erb's palsy is a serious condition. While there are treatment options, all of them require surgery. These include mod quad surgery, nerve grafting and triangle tilt surgery.

The most frustrating thing about shoulder dystocia and Erb's palsy is that these conditions can be avoided if the delivery team pinpoints the problem at the right time and takes the necessary steps.

Was your child injured during delivery? Is he or she now faced with surgery and follow up treatment as the result of Erb's palsy? This is a difficult time in your life, and it's important that you understand your legal rights.

At our law firm, we know that shoulder dystocia and Erb's palsy are extremely serious. This can change your child's life forever, so you need to take action at the right time.

You may be able to make a claim in hopes of collecting compensation for the mistakes made by the delivery team. To learn more about birth injuries, please visit our webpages on the topic.

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