Gerry Oginski, an experienced New York Medical Malpractice trial lawyer practicing law in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Nassau & Suffolk, explains what Erbs palsy is and the steps that doctors use to prevent it from happening.
The problem arises when an obstetrician fails to recognize shoulder dystocia. This means that the baby's shoulder is stuck behind the mother's pelvic bone. If the obstetrician pulls in the baby's head without realizing that the shoulder is stuck, the nerves running from the neck to the arm can be stretched and in severe cases, torn. This results in a limp and useless arm for the baby which, depending on the severity of the injury, may be permanent. Surgery may be required in extreme cases where the nerve has been torn or severed.
Learn what options a doctor has once shoulder dystocia is recognized. Importantly, all of the accepted obstetrical maneuvers to relieve the stuck shoulder do not involve placing hands on the baby's head to pull the baby out. Watch the video to learn more.
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