The brachial plexus is a network of nerves located near the neck, which are connected to the arm. Sometimes, these nerves are damaged during the delivery process, when physicians apply excess force to get the baby out of the birth canal. The risk of shoulder dystocia is increased by use of forceps or vacuum extractors,…
A baby’s shoulder was stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. The physician tried many things to deliver the baby, including use of vacuum extractors. Finally, the physician pulled the baby out by her arm, causing the nerves in the neck and shoulder to tear, resulting in the baby’s arm being paralyzed, a condition called Erb’s palsy.
A Massachusetts attorney sues the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) after he discovers that the article is based on events that never occurred.
A Michigan family was awarded millions of dollars in damages when their daughter sustained permanent injuries due to improper techniques used by physicians when the baby’s shoulder got stuck on the mother’s pelvis during delivery.