You may have had a normal, healthy pregnancy when all of a sudden upon delivery you are presented with the news that your baby was born with shoulder dystocia. You most likely weren’t prepared for a birth injury and are now trying to understand more about the injury and what caused it.

Shoulder dystocia (a brachial plexus injury) is when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck during delivery, and an obstetrician uses too much force to get the infant out of the birthing canal. Sadly, this places force on the baby’s neck and shoulder, which causes the nerves to be pulled. Sometimes, in severe cases the nerves will separate from the neck into the shoulder, causing a serious birth injury that can adversely affect an infant’s shoulder, arms, and fingers. As medical malpractice lawyers, we want moms to know that this injury should have never happened in the first place.

If your child suffered from shoulder dystocia at birth in a Northern Virginia, D.C. or Maryland hospital, contact Donahoe Kearney to find out if you have a case. To pursue a medical malpractice case against the doctor or hospital involved, you should contact us today for a complimentary consultation at 202.393.3320 or reach us online at

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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