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Shoulder Dystocia


Shoulder dystocia occurs when an infant’s shoulder remains lodged against the mother’s pubic bone after the head emerges. This kind of obstetrical emergency requires specific procedures, and if they are handled incorrectly, the mother or infant can be seriously injured or killed.

Shoulder dystocia can lead to blood and oxygen loss, damage and paralysis to the arm’s nerve fibers, and even death when the umbilical cord is constricted. A doctor’s excessive use of tension can physically tear the nerve fibers on the baby’s spinal column resulting in a condition called Erb’s palsy, a paralysis that can require extensive medical rehabilitation; in some instances, it affects the child permanently.

Our History of Success

At Friedman, Domiano & Smith, we represent Ohio families in medical malpractice lawsuits. Lawyers at our law firm are dedicated to helping our clients hold doctors accountable for the harm they cause. Read about our verdicts and settlements in birth-injury cases.

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We collect no fees until you recover on your claim. We commit substantial resources to investigate your case, hire expert witnesses, and cover necessary expenses. If we win, we recover these expenditures. If not, you owe us nothing.

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We can help you determine if you have a case and give you the information you need to make a decision. Our entire legal team will help you regain your life by stepping in at this crucial time.

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Our History of Success

We feel our success is based on our defined approach to each case, which includes a thorough investigation, a full review of legal documents and ongoing consultations.

Verdicts and settlements