Shoulder Dystocia

  • Is your baby or child unable to move its shoulder or arm?
  • Is his or her hand constantly clenched?
  • Do you match several of the risk factors listed below?

If your answer to these three questions was YES, your child may be suffering from shoulder dystocia, an injury to the brachial plexus nerve which occurs during delivery. We are a law firm that concentrates in medical malpractice claims. Please contact us immediately if you believe you may have a medical malpractice claim.

Risk Factors

  • High Maternal Birthweight
  • Prior Shoulder Dystocia
  • Delivery of Previous Large Infants
  • Mother Age >30 Years
  • Obesity of Mother
  • Multiple Prior Births
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Excessive Weight Gain After Conception
  • Fetal Weight > 4,000 g
  • Mother's Height Under 5'3"
  • Abnormal Pelvic Shape
  • Abnormal Pelvic Size
  • Postterm Pregnancy

Related Cases


A Cook County jury awarded a 4-year-old $3 million dollars for a brachial plexus injury that occurred at birth resulting in partial paralysis of her right hand and arm.


Atty Kathleen T. Zellner. Feb 10, 1992 newborn female sustained erb's palsy from allegedly improper vaginal delivery after mother was in labor with footling breech presentation ($58,000 medl.)


Attorney Kathleen Zellner settled a brachial plexus case involving the improper delivery of a male infant who weighed 10 lbs, 11 oz at birth.