If you gave birth in the Athens-Clark area and your child received a diagnosis of a condition called Erb’s palsy, you have a right to call a lawyer as soon as you can. Erb’s palsy arises due to damage to a critical group of nerves that run from the spinal cord to the shoulder, chest, arm, and hand, and the condition can happen because of medical error.
You and your child may qualify to receive financial awards if medical malpractice occurred to your child and resulted in Erb’s palsy. Call our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to learn more about possible compensation that you may be entitled to.
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Doctors Must Follow a Standard of Care for All of Their Patients
Every doctor, including any doctors that participated in the delivery of your child, has a duty to provide a universal standard of care. The details of your case will ultimately determine whether you have a case for medical malpractice. Keep in mind the different possible ways that error by a medical professional may cause or contribute to a child’s Erb’s palsy, even during prenatal care.
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Erb’s Palsy May Result From Negligence by Your Obstetrician
The condition Erb’s palsy is classified as a brachial plexus injury or brachial plexus birth palsy (BPBP). The injury occurs when the nerve network connecting the spinal cord to the shoulder, chest, arm, and hand sustains damage, often through unnatural stretching or twisting.
Erb’s palsy is sometimes due to unavoidable birth circumstances, but it may also be due to various forms of doctor error or malfeasance. There are known risk factors for Erb’s palsy that your doctor should have been aware of before delivering your child. These include if:
- You had gestational diabetes, characterized by high blood sugar when you are pregnant. Your doctor should have tested for this, as it is a known risk factor for having a large child that may be more difficult to deliver.
- You had a history of difficult or long-lasting deliveries.
- You had a history of delivering large children.
Your doctor should have also discussed with you a number of factors that may have come into play during your child’s delivery. Such discussions should have included:
- What your obstetrician would do if an abnormal birth scenario, such as a prolapsed cord or a breech birth, occurred during your pregnancy. Advising you on the possibility of a C-section before you went into labor is essential.
- What your personal health history—and history of child delivery, especially—meant for the possibility of complications during your upcoming pregnancy.
- Whether your child became larger than average and therefore more likely to cause a complicated or prolonged pregnancy.
Some causes of Erb’s palsy that may qualify as error include:
- A doctor using too much force while pulling on a child’s arm during delivery.
- A doctor failing to order a C-section delivery promptly in the case of a complicated birth.
- A doctor using too much force while pulling on a child’s neck.
- A doctor using delivery-assistance tool(s) such as forceps or a vacuum device in a way that may cause injury.
- A doctor failing to stick to a predetermined birth plan.
You know better than anyone what occurred during and after your child’s delivery, so you likely have some idea of how your child’s nerve damage may have occurred. If you suspect that your doctor or somebody else contributed to your child’s Erb’s palsy, you can call an Athens-Clark Erb’s palsy lawyer right away and discuss the specifics of your case.
Call our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a free case review.
Compensation That May Come From Your Medical Malpractice Claim
Your child’s birth injury may warrant payout through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Though every case proves different, you may receive compensation for:
- The cost of prenatal care if the doctor that delivered your child also provided your care pre-delivery.
- The cost of medical services relating to your delivery.
- The cost of rehabilitation and other medical services required to treat your child’s Erb’s palsy, such as surgery for advanced cases.
- Pain and suffering endured by you and your child.
You may face a number of unexpected expenses related to your child’s Erb’s palsy. An Athens-Clark Erb’s palsy lawyer can help you pursue any compensation that you are entitled to.
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Let an Athens-Clark Erb’s Palsy Lawyer Handle Your Case
We want to hear directly from you the circumstances of your birth, particularly those that you believe may have led to your child’s injury. As lawyers, we may fight for you and your child if you were the victims of negligence by:
- Consulting medical experts who can provide an informed assessment of whether negligence likely occurred.
- Collecting evidence, such as medical records and photographs of your child’s injury that may be relevant to your case.
- Collecting any witness testimony that suggests negligence caused your child’s Erb’s palsy.
- Completing every step necessary to get your case into court and complete it as soon as possible.
- Represent you in any settlement negotiations that arise.
Do not wait to call, as time may be a factor in your ability to bring the legal action that may lead to awards. Call our team today at the Birth Injury Lawyers group at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation. Find out how an Athens-Clark Erb’s palsy lawyer can help.