Your claim can help your child’s Erb’s Palsy by recovering damages to pay for medical expenses, cover ongoing costs, and ensure a lifetime of quality care. You should not be responsible for the costs associated with your healthcare provider’s negligence.
How Erb’s Palsy Occurs
Erb’s Palsy generally occurs during childbirth when the nerves in a baby’s neck become stretched or torn when the doctor is delivering the baby through the birth canal. This nerve damage can impact a child’s mobility and cause paralysis in their arm.
If your child experiences pain when moving their arm, holds the affected arm against their body, has problems gripping objects, or cannot make a fist on one side of their body, they may be exhibiting common symptoms of Erb’s Palsy. Filing a claim for compensation and recovering damages will ensure that your child receives the medical care they deserve for the rest of their lives.
Erb’s Palsy is an Avoidable Injury
Erb’s Palsy is viewed as being potentially preventable, and an avoidable injury that is typically the result of the baby’s position immediately before delivery. It is more common in babies with higher birth weights, mothers who have gained weight during their pregnancies, and mothers who have a petite stature.
Medical professionals can assess the baby’s size and position in the womb during prenatal visits but cannot predict how difficult a birth may be. If they suspect that a baby will have a breech birth, they may suggest that the mother have a C-section to avoid excessive pulling on the baby’s shoulders. Injuries to the baby can also occur if the doctor misuses tools, such as vacuum extraction forceps, during delivery.
Why File a Lawsuit Against the Healthcare Providers Who Delivered Your Baby
If you are the parents or legal guardians of a child with Erb’s Palsy, you have the right to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for the injury. In an Erb’s palsy compensation claim, you can pursue economic damages including, but not limited, to:
- The cost of existing medical care and treatment
- The cost of future medical care and treatment
- The cost of medications
- The cost of rides to and from medical appointments
- Surgical costs
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Lost wages
In some states, the claim may also cover ‘pain and suffering’ and loss of enjoyment of life. You may also want to hold medical professionals accountable and prevent future cases of Erb’s Palsy from happening by raising awareness among medical professionals.
How to Determine if Your Baby’s Erb’s Palsy Was Caused by Medical Malpractice
If it is difficult for you to remember the details of your child’s delivery, an attorney can help you determine if the doctor’s behavior may have caused or contributed to your child’s condition. Medical professionals are required to provide a standard quality of care. If they did not, and their negligence resulted in injuries to you or your baby, you are entitled to pursue compensation for your damages.
Erb’s Palsy Lawsuits
If you think that the medical care you received when you delivered your child was substandard and your child is showing signs of Erb’s Palsy, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at 1-800-222-9529. We can connect you with a birth injury lawyer in your state who can help you determine if medical negligence or malpractice played a role in your child’s condition. You have a limited time to file a claim in your state; call today to get started right away with a lawyer near you. Your claim can help your child’s Erb’s Palsy diagnosis by potentially securing a settlement that would help pay for medical costs and other similar complications related to your child’s condition.