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Shoulder Dystocia & Erb’s Palsy Lawyers in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA Birth Injury Attorneys Handling Shoulder Dystocia Cases

At the Western Pennsylvania law firm of Richards & Richards, LLP, our birth injury lawyers have significant experience with birth injury cases involving Shoulder Dystocia and Erb’s Palsy. These two related conditions are usually the result of an injury during the birth process. They generally occur when the baby’s shoulders becomes stuck in the birth canal after the head passes through. The result is damage to the nerves of the arms or shoulders.

Being stuck is not the real source of the injury to a baby. Rather, it is how the doctor or nurse solves the problem that usually causes the damage. When the medical professionals do not resolve the matter using the accepted standard of care, they could be found negligent and liable for the injuries to the child. The injuries can include paralysis, range-of-motion issues, and abnormal sensations—problems that could last a lifetime.

Talk to an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer in Western Pennsylvania About Erb’s Palsy and Shoulder Dystocia

At Richards & Richards, LLP, a nurse practitioner and former hospital administrator, Attorney Veronica Richards leads our Pittsburgh medical malpractice team. Her knowledge, experience and leadership have allowed our firm to obtain many large verdicts and settlements in birth injury cases, including those involving shoulder dystocia and Erb’s Palsy. If your baby suffered this type of injury during the delivery process, talk to us to learn about your rights and options. Find out how we can help.

How Shoulder Dystocia and Erb’s Palsy Occur

The most common causes of this type of birth injury are:

  • Pulling the baby’s head using excessive force, stretching and damaging the brachial plexus nerves
  • Administering labor induction medication incorrectly
  • Not performing a C-section after evidence of probable labor problems
  • Not acting on a patient’s history of previous shoulder dystocia during childbirth
  • Not taking action to avoid the application of sudden force

When actions such as these lead to a baby’s injury, it is time to seek legal advice. Find out whether you may be eligible for compensation for your child.

How Our Pittsburgh Lawyers Can Help

When handling this type of claim, our lawyers are determined to obtain the maximum compensation possible. To do this, we build strong cases by reviewing medical records, deposing witnesses and consulting with nationally known medical and legal experts. We know that most healthcare professionals do not intend to cause injury. However, when they are negligent, the legal system should hold them liable for the resulting injuries, economic damages, and other costs. We work hard to make sure that happens.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Pittsburgh, PA Birth Injury Attorneys Richards & Richards, LLP

If your baby was injured because the negligence of a medical provider caused Shoulder Dystocia or Erb’s Palsy, talk to us about your options. Schedule a free consultation by calling 412-261-2620 in Pittsburgh or 412-376-4336 in Warrendale. You may also contact us online.



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