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Florida hospital negligence: what is shoulder dystocia?

Generally speaking, there are two segments of the Florida population that are especially vulnerable: the elderly and the young. Therefore, when it comes to Florida medical care, it is extremely important that doctors and nurses exercise the appropriate level of care when treating these individuals. Though some Floridians may suffer harm that is not caused by anyone, there are, unfortunately, instances where medical professional error causes significant, sometimes, irreparable harm.

One of these injuries is shoulder dystocia. This medical condition arises when a baby gets stuck in a mother's pelvis during delivery. As a result, the child may suffer a broken collar bone or arm, nerve damage or lack of oxygen. When a baby's brain is deprived of oxygen, he or she can end up with brain damage that affects basic bodily functioning and mobility. The mother may suffer harm too, in the form of tearing, hemorrhaging and bladder injuries.

Though shoulder dystocia can occur naturally, it can also be caused by doctor error. When this happens, it is often the result of a doctor inappropriately using a vacuum or forceps. Too much pressure, when trying to deliver the child can cause many of the injuries mentioned above. Then, in the aftermath of it all, a family has to try to find a way to move forward and attempt to give the baby the medical care he or she needs.

This is why being aware of one's legal rights is so important. If a child has been hurt by the negligence of another, then his or her family may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. If the lawsuit ends in settlement or a favorable adjudication, then compensation may be awarded to help cover medical expenses and other losses. Thus, those who believe a medical professional has caused them harm may want to speak with a legal professional experienced in this area of the law.

Source: FindLaw.com, "Birth Injury: Shoulder Dystocia," accessed on Aug. 21 2015

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