Category Archives: Shoulder Dystocia

Family Awarded $1 Million in Shoulder Dystocia Case

An Oregon family was recently awarded $1 million after a girl’s shoulder nerves were ripped out during her birth. According to the Mail Tribune, the family of a girl who was diagnosed with shoulder dystocia won its malpractice case against a Medford obstetrician. The family alleged that the doctor involved in the case, Dr. Miguel Carbonell, an obstetrician, was negligent in his handling of the girl’s delivery in 2008. The trial lasted for three weeks and juries found the doctor guilty, but did not find the operator of Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center guilty of negligence. The girl’s shoulder was pinned against her mother’s pubic bone. Her parents claim that the doctor did not employ any techniques to minimize injury risks during her delivery. She now has limited use of her left hand. Should I Speak to an Attorney If My Child Suffers Shoulder Dystocia? For more information about shoulder…
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Can I File a Shoulder Dystocia Lawsuit?

According to the Alton Telegraph, an Illinois jury awarded a family $1 million after a doctor was accused of injuring a child during a botched delivery attempt. The news source reported that Jamie Rae, of Staunton, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Bailei Rae, who was born March 1, 2011, with a weak, motionless arm. The child reportedly suffered nerve root damage because she was born naturally, rather than through a Cesarean section delivery. According to the Telegraph, the baby weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, which is larger than normal and should have warranted a surgical delivery—the child’s shoulder became stuck during delivery, which should not have occurred during a surgical procedure. The jury awarded damages for disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering and past medical expenses and $516,000 for future medical treatment for a total of $1 million, according to the Telegraph. Why Should I Speak to an…
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How Do Brachial Plexus Injuries Affect Newborns?

Sadly, many shoulder dystocia incidents during birth occur because of errors on the part of medical providers—these incidents occur when a baby’s head is delivered, and his or her shoulders are stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone. Unfortunately, babies who suffer from brachial plexus injuries may endure a lifetime of physical problems including a lack of muscle control, a lack of feeling in the arms, limited use of the hands, and in some severe cases, total loss of use of the arm and hand. It is estimated that about 10 percent of shoulder dystocia cases are severe, and may require extensive and grueling therapy in order to assist the injuries. When errors occur during a delivery, they typically involve doctors failing to act in a timely matter, resulting in the stretching or tearing of a child’s brachial plexus. Recently, it was reported that one Wisconsin child reportedly suffered injuries because…
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