To make a compensation claim for shoulder dystocia negligence, speak to one of our birth injury solicitors who will take the time to listen to the details of your case in an empathetic and caring manner and advise if you have grounds for a claim. They will assess if you were owed a duty of care, whether the duty of care was breached, and whether breaching the duty of care caused your injuries. If these three facts are established and can be backed up with appropriate medical evidence, it may then be confirmed that you have a valid claim.
Your solicitor will handle your case for you, including collating the necessary evidence (medical records and correspondence) and will write to the organisation responsible for your care laying out the grounds for your medical negligence claim.
Shoulder Dystocia Claims Statistics
According to statistics published by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), 46% of shoulder dystocia injuries were associated with a poor standard of care.
Shoulder dystocia compensation claims made up nearly 5% of the total NHS maternity negligence claims between 2000-2010, according to statistics published in the report: Ten Years of Maternity Claims An Analysis of NHS Litigation Authority Data (1st April 2000 and 31st March 2010).
The most common reasons (specified on records) for the shoulder dystocia negligence claim were inappropriate manoeuvre and excessive traction.