What is Shoulder Dystocia?

While there are many things expectant mothers fear about delivering their babies, Shoulder Dystocia could be one of the most common fears. Shoulder Dystocia occurs when one of the baby’s shoulders, sometimes both, get stuck on the mother’s pubic bone, stopping the natural progression of delivery.

The most terrifying thing about shoulder dystocia is that, even though there are many warning signs, there isn’t an exact way to predict whether or not the child is at risk for shoulder dystocia. If your baby was injured at birth and is suffering from shoulder dystocia, contact our Pennsylvania shoulder dystocia attorneys at 1-800-444-5409 now for a free consultation.

When is Shoulder Dystocia Medical Malpractice?

Even if you or your doctor are concerned that you and your baby are danger, there is no one way to stop it from happening. There are certain positions, methods, and options that all medical professionals involved in delivering your baby should know and perform to prevent injury to you and your baby. Since all births are different, many of the maneuvers may be tried in a quick progression to resolve the situation as quickly and as safely as possible.

When medical professionals fail to detect this condition early on and subsequently fail to perform the necessary maneuvers and procedures following detection, the end result could be devastating for you or your baby.

Even if the medical professionals perform all necessary procedures it is possible for too much pressure or force to be used during the maneuvers which could also cause severe injury.

Common Symptoms of Shoulder Dystocia

If injury occurred as a result of this condition the following could have happened to you or your baby:

  • Your baby was slow to start breathing or needed assistance breathing immediately after birth
  • Your baby has/had a fractured collar bone
  • Your baby is suffering with a brachial plexus (Erb’s Palsy) injury
  • You suffered from maternal hemorrhaging
  • You suffered from uterine rupture


Our Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers Can Help

If any of the above serious problems occurred during or immediately following the delivery of your baby you should consult our Pennsylvania shoulder dystocia attorneys at The Pisanchyn Law Firm as you could receive compensation and bring the medical professionals involved to justice.

Consultation and legal representation for Pennsylvania birth injury cases is free until we win your case, and even then you will never pay out of pocket, we will only be paying you the money you deserve.

We know and understand that money and financial rewards could never give your baby a clean bill of health again, but someone needs to be held accountable for the tragedy they have imposed on you and your family. We want to be here for you during this difficult time, please, call our PA shoulder dystocia injury lawyers now at 1-800-444-5309. We have offices in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Scranton and will travel to you.