Shoulder Dystocia

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Raleigh Attorney for Shoulder Dystocia Injuries

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby's shoulder gets stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone during delivery. When that happens, there are certain maneuvers that the doctor must perform to get the baby out. If those maneuvers are not done properly, the brachial plexus nerves can be torn, causing a condition called Erb's palsy, in which the child loses most or all of the use of his or her arm.

At the Melvin Law Firm in Greenville, we help parents find answers when doctors won't give them. Led by North Carolina birth injury lawyer Bailey Melvin, we have worked hard to help injured infants and mothers obtain injury compensation for more than 20 years.

To talk to a Raleigh shoulder dystocia lawyer about the potential for a medical malpractice lawsuit, call the Melvin Law Firm at 800-391-8191 or send us an email.

The Doctor Said Your Child Has Erb's Palsy. Now What?

When your doctor or OB-GYN tells you that your child has Erb's palsy, you are left with many questions. Can your child get help? Will he or she ever have full use of his or her arm? There are surgical procedures that can be done to help repair the injury. Which surgery should be done depends on the severity of the injury/nerve tear. The surgeries include:

  • Nerve grafting/nerve transfer: This is the primary surgery for brachial plexus injuries and is used to improve nerve function by making focused repairs to the nerves.
  • Mod quad surgery: This is a surgery where muscles in the arm are "released" and "transferred" to help your child use his or her muscles more effectively.
  • Triangle tilt surgery: This is a surgery that helps your child use his or her shoulder better and involves cutting two bones to realign the arm.

Your child may benefit from one of these surgeries or may need physical therapy for the rest of his or her life. Our Raleigh birth injury attorney will work to secure financial support for your child's surgery and future medical care.

Complications for Mothers

Mothers are also susceptible to injury when a baby is positioned awkwardly for delivery. Our firm represents mothers who have suffered:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Separation of pelvic bones
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Rectovaginal fistula (permanent tearing requiring surgery)

For Your Family's Future

Our law firm does much more than fight for just compensation for birth injuries. We consider our clients our friends, and we want to help you work through this tough time. We can help connect you with support groups, surgeons, physical therapists and other resources so that you may learn how to help your child.

When you and your child have suffered as a result of a doctor's negligence or the negligence of a North Carolina hospital, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries. A lawsuit cannot erase what happened, but the compensation you receive can help you as you move forward.

Contact a Fayetteville Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Reach out to the Melvin Law Firm for more information on lawsuits involving shoulder dystocia and brachial plexus injuries. You can call our Greenville-based office at 800-391-8191 or 252-321-0088. You can also send us an email if you prefer. Your initial consultation is free, and you owe no attorney's fees unless we recover compensation for you.

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