Physicians, nurses, and other medical staff have a legal obligation to take certain precautions to prevent injuries to newborn children when working in the delivery room.
When medical professionals fail to meet their obligations, children can sustain serious and potentially lifelong injuries.
For example, Erb’s palsy is an injury that damages the nerves in the arms, shoulders, and necks of newborn children and can affect a child their entire life. A Mesa Erb’s palsy lawyer can help you fight for fair compensation if your child suffered such an injury due to the negligence of a medical professional. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529.
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What Parents Need to Know About Erb’s Palsy
There is a group of nerves that forms around the side of the neck and shoulder known as the brachial plexus. Like most areas of a newborn child’s body, these nerves are quite fragile as compared to those of older children. During a complicated delivery, the brachial plexus can be damaged by undue compression while the baby is still inside the birth canal.
Specifically, these brachial plexus injuries may be caused by the baby’s neck and shoulder being bent too far to one side as the shoulders pass through the birth canal. A brachial plexus injury can also occur when the baby is positioned to be delivered feet first. If healthcare professionals do not respond appropriately according to recommended medical guidelines, injuries such as Erb’s palsy can occur.
Doctors and other medical professionals can often prevent injuries such as Erb’s palsy by taking into account any external influences of preexisting conditions present in the fetus or mother, or by encouraging the mother to elect for a potentially safer C-section if the baby is too large for a safe vaginal birth.
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You Can Pursue Damages to Pay for Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy Treatment
There are a wide variety of options available for treating Erb’s palsy. In the early stages of Erb’s palsy treatment, your baby may remain under the observation of your primary care physician. However, if no significant recovery occurs after the first few weeks, your primary doctor may refer you to a specialist for additional treatment.
Your child could benefit from several kinds of treatment for their brachial plexus injuries. Physicians may wish to begin with noninvasive, nonsurgical options such as stabilizing the arm and regular exercises to strengthen and restore mobility to the areas of your child’s body that are affected by Erb’s palsy. If your child’s nerves have been completely severed from the spinal cord, surgical exploration may be merited.
In some circumstances, Erb’s palsy can result in a complete and permanent loss of mobility in portions of a child’s upper body. Treatments are expensive, and many parents struggle to pay the costs to cover them.
If you are underinsured or uninsured you may not be able to afford your child’s treatment at all. In this case, a Mesa Erb’s palsy lawyer may be able to help you.
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The Birth Injury Lawyers Group Commitment to Parents in Mesa
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group is now serving parents in Mesa whose children have sustained Erb’s palsy injuries caused by medical malpractice. We could help you recover compensation to pay for Erb’s palsy treatments.
If healthcare providers negligently or intentionally injured your child during pregnancy, labor, or shortly after delivery in the hospital, they should be held accountable and should pay you fair compensation.
Every child in Mesa with Erb’s palsy should receive adequate medical care, regardless of an inability to cover any related medical expenses. If medical practitioners are responsible for your child’s injury, you may be able to receive compensation. Parents in Mesa can reach us now at (800) 222-9529.
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A Mesa Erb’s Palsy Lawyer Can Help Your Family in Many Ways
An Erb’s palsy attorney can fight for your family. If your child’s Erb’s palsy was in fact the result of medical negligence committed in connection with his or her birth, we can help you.
Once you call us, we will review your claim and ascertain the identity of every party who contributed to your child’s injury. If healthcare professionals injured your child, we will pursue a settlement on your behalf or name each party as a defendant in a lawsuit, if necessary.
Our lawyers can also calculate an aggregated estimate of all your losses connected to your child’s Erb’s palsy and pursue relief on your behalf for:
- Retroactive and future costs of medical treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Intentional misconduct, if any
- Any other losses related to your child’s injury
We perform our services for clients in Mesa on a contingency-fee-basis. You pay no fees unless we recover money for you. We look forward to reviewing your claim now.
No child with Erb’s palsy should be left untreated. We do everything within our ability to help children get treatment, such as:
- Gather and analyze all available evidence, such as medical records and photos of your child’s injury
- Obtain witness testimony
- Negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company
- Answer your questions and make you aware of your legal options
- Update you as the case progresses
Your opportunity to take legal action may pass you by if you wait too long to call us. Reach out to the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now for an evaluation of your child’s Erb’s palsy medical malpractice case at (800) 222-9529.