Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus injury that can affect the nerve systems in the arm, shoulder, and neck of a newborn baby. Brachial plexus injuries often occur in infants under a specific set of circumstances:
- Breech positioning
- Prolonged labor
- Pre-existing condition in the mother, like gestational diabetes, which can cause large infant weight and size
- Improper use of forceps, a vacuum tool, or human force on the baby’s head during delivery
- An unsafe vaginal delivery is pursued when attending medical professionals should have opted for a C-section
Your child could have suffered their birth injury in other ways. Regardless, we want to help your family fight for fair compensation so you can pay for your child’s treatment. Call an Avondale Erb’s palsy lawyer at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 today for more information.
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What Parents Should Know About Brachial Plexus Injuries Like Erb’s Palsy
The nerve systems near the neck are known as the brachial plexus, and they provide mobility and the ability to raise the arms. The term palsy refers to weakness or loss of motion. A condition of this kind can be caused by a baby spinning itself out of the normal birthing position, placing its feet where its head or crown would normally be, in position to come out first (breech).
If this problem is not promptly addressed, it can result in an Erb’s palsy injury. Conversely, if physicians respond promptly, such injuries may be avoided.
In the event that medical staff do not address these types of problems in time, the fetus will be stuck. The baby’s shoulders are put under excessive pressure, and nerves in the shoulder may be severed. Erb’s palsy can lead to permanent paralysis. Doctors who take patient needs into consideration can opt to approve or rush a C-section for the baby and mother’s safety. Doctors who fail to make this decision may be liable for any injuries the child suffers.
Different types of brachial plexus injuries are divided according to how severe the injury is. Some injuries may not completely heal. All levels of Erb’s palsy could allow you to pursue compensation.
Erb’s palsy completely resolves itself in the first year of life in 80% to 96% of patients. Medical science has not yet reached a unanimous consensus as to any one particular type of treatment that works best for every case of Erb’s palsy.
However, many young participants in a study showed significant improvement when treated with a combination of range of motion exercises and immobilization of the affected areas. Those who show insufficient recovery after these treatments may be candidates for exploratory surgery and nerve transplantation. Pain may be reduced via the use of massage and medication.
Help is available to parents in Avondale whose children have been injured in connection with medical practice committed during birth. If you suspect that your child’s Erb’s palsy diagnosis was the result of mistakes made by physicians during delivery, we would like to discuss your options with you. Contact an Avondale Erb’s palsy lawyer at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a free case evaluation.
We don’t recommend anyone to go against doctors or hospitals alone, without legal representation. In Erb’s palsy cases – like in almost all medical malpractice cases – healthcare professionals and hospitals have fierce insurance companies that protect their interests and money. Claim denials are common occurrences. In some cases, the insurance adjuster offers the parents a small sum, knowing that most families would take the money just to cover their medical expenses quickly. Don’t fall for such schemes. An attorney is your best bet for winning a satisfactory out-of-court settlement or trial verdict.
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Medical malpractice injuries may be the result of more than one contributing party. In many cases, several parties may be held liable, such as:
- Medical offices
- Administrative staff
An Avondale Erb’s palsy lawyer can help you make determinations in your case based on relevant evidence. Also, if your birth injury claim qualifies, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation for one or more of the following types of losses related to your child’s injury:
- Retroactive and future costs of medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Intentional misconduct, if any
We understand the heavy financial costs of treating your newborn child’s injury. As a courtesy to our birth injury clients, we provide our services at no cost to you, unless we win money for you. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group immediately at (800) 222-9529 for more information.
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An Avondale Erb’s Palsy Lawyer Can Fight for Your Family
When our clients in Avondale ask us for help, we respond with as much support as we can. To see that negligent medical staff are held accountable, we go to work on your claim in the following ways:
- Representing you in court, if the need arises
- Handling communication and negotiation with insurance companies
- Updating you throughout the case to keep you in the know
- Answering your questions and providing legal guidance
- Valuating your child’s injuries and losses
- Determining liability
We can help you in other ways as well.
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Know That You Have a Limited Time to Act
Once an Erb’s palsy injury is discovered, you only have a limited time to pursue a claim under AZ § 12-542—two years, in fact. You may be able to toll the timeline (put off the expiry of the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit), but there is no way of knowing if you can do this without a lawyer’s analysis of your circumstances and your potential ability to take advantage of this exception.
For this reason, we encourage you to contact us as soon as you can after a birth injury takes place. Doing this means that we can get started right away. Contact an Avondale Erb’s palsy lawyer with the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now at (800) 222-9529.