Shoulder dystocia solicitors

Shoulder dystocia is a complication feared by obstetricians whilst your are giving birth. It requires immediate appropriate intervention and can result in injury to the newborn infant.

It can lead to a wide range of injuries and therefore it’s imperative that when this occurs, the correct compensation is sought. 

If you consider your labour or ante-natal care was not handled sufficiently and that your child has been diagnosed with shoulder dystocia you may wish to speak with our birth injury experts to discuss the potential of making a shoulder dystocia compensation claim.

If you would like to make a Medical Negligence compensation claim, call us now on 0113 200 9787 or email

We operate from offices in Leeds, but help claimants in all of England and Wales. Rest assured, your case will be in good hands.

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What Is Shoulder Dystocia?

Shoulder dystocia is a labour complication which can occur when the baby’s head has been delivered but the shoulders fail to delivery after the head and therefore becomes stuck behind the pubic bone. This usually delays the birth of the baby as extra helps is required to help release the shoulder.

How Common Is it?

It is never obvious when the complication can arise; however, shoulder dystocia usually occurs with heavier babies or if the mother has a high BMI, this can highlight the potential risk of shoulder dystocia.

Why Should You Be Concerned?

Both mother and baby can be at risk with shoulder dystocia. As there is a delay in the delivery of the baby, there are certain manoeuvres that your doctor will need to do to dislodge the baby from the birth canal. Complications such as nerve injury or breaks/fractures are common. If the cord is also wrapped around the baby’s neck, this could lead to oxygen deprivation whilst trying to delivery the baby. As a mother, you may sustain pelvic injuries.

If Missed, What Could Happen?

If a doctor fails to recognise the risk of shoulder dystocia earlier in the pregnancy or fails to take action as soon as they are aware, whilst most injuries can be treated, sometimes, this complication can lead to long lasting effects if not treated promptly. The arm may be left with weakness and is also the main cause of Erb’s Palsy, a condition which causes arm paralysis.

If you feel there has been a delay in the diagnosis or treatment of shoulder dystocia, call Michael Lewin Solicitors today for chat.

Why Choose Michael Lewin Solicitors?

If you or a family member have been injured as a result of poor medical treatment or advice the next important stage is finding a Solicitor who understands you and what you have been through as well as a good solicitor who understands the complex area of law surrounding medical negligence.

Here at Michael Lewin Solicitors we pride ourselves on the high level of expertise and exceptional service we provide to all of our clients.

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5 Promises We Make To All Our Clients

Our dedicated team are there to help you and answer any questions you may have.  We always offer a free, no obligation initial advice to anyone who considers that they may have been affected by medical negligence.  So if you’re not sure whether you have a claim or not, call us and let us talk you through it.

OUR CLIENTS COME FIRST.  This is the ethos our dedicated team of medical negligence lawyers work by.  We understand that our clients have been through a difficult and traumatic time and we pride ourselves on aiming to make the claims process as easy as possible.  We treat all of our clients with the utmost dignity, respect and compassion, we ensure that we are approachable and available to speak to when our client needs us.

The specialist medical negligence team have years of experience handling medical negligence claims and are supported by external independent medical and nursing professionals and expert counsel.  We aim to ensure that your claim is investigated thoroughly and properly and that no stone is left unturned.

We are persistent and determined and are not afraid to take on large establishments.  If the evidence is in your favour we will not rest until you have the justice and compensation that you deserve.

We are proud of the fact that the majority of cases we pursue are successful and this is due to our hard work, determination and specialist knowledge in this area of law.  As a team, we continuously want to improve and extend our knowledge to make sure that:- our clients are satisfied; that we are up to date with changes in this area of law; and that we are the best that we can be.

What To Do Next?

If you consider that you have suffered as a result of medical negligence, call our specialist team now on 0113 200 9787 or email your enquiry here for free, confidential advice.

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