When an attending medical staff makes critical mistakes in the delivery room, it’s the family who ultimately pays the price. These professionals must take special precautions to ensure a standard of care and the safety of the mother and child during the birthing process. Failing to account for potential difficulties, performing outdated or ineffectual procedures, or providing insufficient aftercare can all result in otherwise avoidable birth injuries. One of the most prominent conditions stemming from an injury at birth is Erb’s palsy, a condition that affects the group of nerves called the brachial plexus that controls arm and hand movement. If these nerves are torn, stretched, or broken, it can impair the child’s ability to operate their arm and hand on the affected side.
If your child suffered harm at birth that subsequently resulted in a diagnosis of Erb’s palsy, a Glendale Erb’s palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you recover financial damages. The cost of physical therapy, assistive devices, and corrective surgery can add up over time. We believe that a lack of funds should not impact your child’s recovery if another party caused their condition. To learn more, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529.
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Medical Professionals Must Uphold a Standard of Care
Before a mother gives birth, the attending caregiver must take into account certain factors that may impede a safe delivery. By performing ultrasounds, palpations, and other measures, an efficient professional can determine what must be done to ensure the safety of the mother and child. Failure to account for these factors may result in otherwise avoidable injuries and complications.
Some of the situations that can lead to a child suffering nerve damage can include:
- Breech birth, where the child enters the birth canal feet first
- Becoming lodged against the mother’s pelvis
- The umbilical cord wrapping around the baby’s neck, impeding delivery and reducing oxygen supply
- The improper use of medical devices, such as a vacuum extractor or forceps, that place pressure on the child’s nerves
- Dropping the child shortly after delivery
Erb’s palsy is widely considered to be a preventable condition that is only caused by external factors. This means that the child rarely develops this disability in-utero. When determining who can be held responsible for your child’s injury, we can examine records relating to the mother’s pregnancy to establish that their condition was caused during birth and not because of a genetic predisposition.
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Treatments for Erb’s Palsy Can Be Expensive
After your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, you may not want to continue working in the same capacity you did before, so you focus on their recovery. This may reduce the financial security from which your family has benefited. You may meet with a physical therapist only to discover that your child will need hours and hours of rehabilitative treatment. This may affect how much time you are able to devote to other members of your family. Each of these circumstances can have a value attached to it.
Specific damages will cover the cost of items that have an established price tag, such as the price of assistive equipment or hourly physical therapy sessions. General damages will pay for more abstract things, including pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and reduced quality of life. A legal professional can explain how much money you may be able to recover from the responsible party. Many potential clients often wonder how much they will be able to recover for noneconomic damages. There is no limit in the state of Arizona to the amount of money you can pursue for these types of losses. The cost of these items often correlates with the severity of the injury your child suffered.
What Your Compensation May Recover
If we are able to represent you, we can investigate each party who contributed to your child’s injury and work to hold them accountable. If we determine that more than one party contributed to your losses, we can move forward with filing a civil action.
Should your claim be successful, you may be awarded compensation for the following types of damages:
- Past, present, and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- The cost of physical therapy and other assistive devices
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional trauma
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of potential opportunities for the child
We provide representation to Erb’s palsy clients in Glendale at no cost. Our dedicated legal team works on a contingency basis. This means that at the conclusion of your case, we will take our payment out of the compensation that we recover for you. If we cannot secure financial recovery on your behalf, then we do not get paid.
To learn more, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529.
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We Support Families in Glendale
We want to be there for families in Glendale whose children have been victims of medical malpractice.
To maximize the chances that your claim will succeed, we can promote the resolution of your case by:
- Initiating civil action to adhere to Arizona’s statute of limitations guidelines
- Handling all communications with the involved parties, their insurance representatives, and legal staff
- Hiring medical specialists to independently examine your child’s injury
- Investigating the circumstances of your child’s birth to assign liability
- Determining an appropriate aggregated value of your claim
- Working toward a fair settlement
- Arguing your case before a judge and jury
If your child was injured in the delivery room, do not hesitate to call us. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group is interested to hear about the circumstances that led to your child’s condition. To begin your free, no-obligation case review, call us today at (800) 222-9529.