Miami Shoulder Dystocia Lawyers
Millions In Compensation Recovered for Birth Injury Victims
Childbirth may be safer than it was in previous generations, but the potential for complications still exist. When complications do arise, they demand accurate diagnoses, appropriate response, and timely intervention in order to prevent serious injuries.
Unfortunately, treating physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals do not always meet their duty to provide an acceptable standard of care. If substandard care coincides with complications such as shoulder dystocia, babies can suffer needless harm.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we’re leaders in the field of medical malpractice and birth injury litigation. Backed by decades of collective experience and a comprehensive team of attorneys, medical investigators, and support staff, we help families across Florida fight for the justice they deserve.
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- More Than $1 Billion In Verdicts & Settlements
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If you have a potential claim involving shoulder dystocia and related birth injuries, please call or contact us online. We offer FREE consultations to victims across Florida and beyond.
Shoulder Dystocia & Preventable Birth Injuries
Shoulder dystocia is a childbirth complication that occurs when a baby’s shoulder (or both shoulders) become stuck behind the mother’s pelvis.
While babies are born safely in many cases of shoulder dystocia, the complication can pose significant risks for both baby and mother. Avoiding injury requires proper care at every phase.
During Pregnancy: Occurring in just 0.2 to 3% of pregnancies, shoulder dystocia can be difficult for health care providers to predict or prevent, and is typically discovered only after labor has begun. However, treating physicians can identify various risk factors that may make a mother more likely to experience shoulder dystocia (and address or prepare for them accordingly).
Examples of these risks factors include:
- Large babies (macrosomia) or twins / multiples;
- Pre-existing or gestational diabetes;
- Shoulder dystocia in a previous pregnancy;
- Overweight / excessive weight gain during pregnancy;
During Labor & Delivery: Although there are indicators that may give providers reason to expect complications, providers must act promptly and properly to address shoulder dystocia when it arises during birth, whether they expected it or not.
This means dealing with various conditions or complications appropriately during labor and delivery, and executing accepted interventions properly. Labor and delivery risk factors may involve:
- Improper use of labor-inducing drugs (i.e. Pitocin);
- Exerting too much force when manipulating the baby during delivery;
- Improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors;
- Failing to perform a C-section / delayed C-section when medically warranted;
- Intentionally breaking the baby’s clavicle or mother’s pelvic bone;
- Administering an epidural or performing a deep episiotomy.
In cases of shoulder dystocia, doctors may try to re-position babies for a safer birth. This can involve positioning the mother in the McRoberts maneuver (thighs against belly), applying suprapubic pressure just above the pelvic bone, and gentle manipulation of the baby. In some cases, doctors may perform a C-section or episiotomy, which both have their own inherent risks.
Injuries Caused by Shoulder Dystocia
Failure to properly handle shoulder dystocia can result in injuries to babies and mothers. For mothers, this can include post-partum hemorrhage (PPH), perineum tearing necessitating surgical repair, and uterine rupture. For babies, this may include:
- Damage to the brachial plexus / Erb’s palsy
- Fractures of the arm or collarbone
- Oxygen deprivation resulting in birth asphyxia / brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
Investigating Medical Negligence With Proven Attorneys
Medical malpractice cases are notoriously complex, fact-specific, and prone to aggressive defense by providers and their insurance carriers. As such, it is critically important for any family pursuing a claim to work with attorneys capable of devoting the time, resources, and attention these claims require.
At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we have refined our approach to these complex claims. In addition to leveraging extensive experience, we also work closely with medical experts to assess the care provided to our clients, and whether standards were missed by hospitals or treating professionals. Through meticulous investigation and unwavering commitment, we position clients for positive resolutions.
Learn more about your rights and options by request a FREE case review. GRYC proudly serves clients across South Florida and beyond.
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Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
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Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
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We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
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Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.