Mothers and fathers expect the pain of delivering a child, but they do not expect that a mistake by a doctor or another medical professional whom they trust could cause their child to endure a temporary or permanent physical injury. Yet, many parents whose children are diagnosed with Erb’s palsy experience the pain and trauma that a child’s suffering can inflict on everyone involved—the bitterest pill is that the pain and trauma may have been avoidable.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, then they could be the victim of negligence by one or more parties. Call a Longmont Ranch Erb’s palsy lawyer from our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to speak for free about your options for pursuing justice.
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Erb’s Palsy Impacts Critical Nerves
Erb’s palsy happens because nerves connected to certain vertebrae in the neck become damaged (this can happen in various ways, which you will find out more about shortly). Erb’s palsy may also be known as Erb-Duchenne palsy or a brachial plexus injury, and can be alarming to parents when the injury first appears without explanation.
When your child suffers from Erb’s palsy, they do not retain full control of the nerves connecting their neck to their chest, shoulder, and arm (including their hand). This may:
- Make it appear as if your child’s arm is paralyzed.
- Remove sensation from the affected areas, further adding to any fear you may have of paralysis.
- Produce effects that persist for the foreseeable future, or at least until physical rehabilitation and natural healing take effect.
- Cause you alarm, as most parents do not expect this sort of affliction in their newborn child.
Take solace in the fact that the majority of children born with Erb’s palsy recover function given enough time. With this in mind, it may not be an easy road to recovery, and before that time, your child may have to endure:
- A series of tests to confirm that Erb’s palsy is, in fact, the cause of their nerve damage.
- Additional tests to determine whether they suffered any other injuries before, during, or after birth.
- A lengthy sequence of doctor’s visits and rehabilitation appointments.
- Setbacks in terms of other development because of a focus on repairing the problems caused by the Erb’s palsy.
Your child is almost certainly not the only one who has been and will be affected by the onset of Erb’s palsy.
Parents of Children With Erb’s Palsy Often Suffer Too
Every parent of a child with an unexpected birth injury such as Erb’s palsy undergoes some level of shock and trauma. Often, the harm to the parent arises from:
- The empathy they share for their child, who may be suffering from their Erb’s palsy.
- The shock that comes from finding out that your child has a condition which you did not expect.
- The time and effort required to bring your child to the necessary appointments to improve their Erb’s palsy – time that otherwise could be spent on less taxing, unnecessary activities.
- The feeling that you may have trusted one or more medical professionals that failed to protect your child from harm.
- Facing any long-term disability that your child may have because of the Erb’s palsy and the injury that led to it.
Erb’s palsy is not an easy reality to face for either the child or the parent. Once you have come to face the mountain that you and your child will climb to treat their Erb’s palsy and attempt to return to normalcy, you can turn your attention to the person who is responsible for your child’s injury.
At this point, you should call the team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529 to discuss starting your case for compensation.
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Even once you have planned your approach to your child’s recovery, you likely will not be up to handling a legal case on your own—there is no reason to do that, anyway. A lawyer will handle your case for compensation from start to finish.
Some of the benefits of a lawyer include:
- Knowledge of the law and precedent surrounding medical malpractice.
- Familiarity with local courts and the procedures for entering your case into those courts swiftly.
- Access to medical experts who may be able to spot any negligence that caused your child’s Erb’s palsy.
- A knowledge of critical legal processes, such as collecting evidence, organizing a case, exploring settlement options with the defendants’ lawyers, and interviewing witnesses.
- That they will allow you to take a hands-off role in your legal case as you desire, which may minimize the stress on you and your family.
A lawyer can ensure that you have your day in court against anyone who may have contributed to your child’s Erb’s palsy. Possible defendants in your case include:
- The doctor who administered your prenatal care.
- The doctor who delivered your child, if they are different than the prenatal physician.
- The health care facility where the negligence occurred, especially if they were clearly responsible for some level of negligence.
- Anybody else who is responsible in some way for your child’s Erb’s palsy.
A Successful Case Could Net You Compensation
If your lawyer proves that negligence happened, you may collect financial awards in the form of a judgment or settlement. Such awards may provide you coverage or losses including:
- Pain and suffering of you and your child, both physical, emotional, and psychological.
- The cost of any treatments where negligence occurred.
- The cost of care required to diagnose and treat your child’s Erb’s palsy.
- Awards covering any long-term or permanent disability in your child.
Do not wait to contact us if you believe that negligence caused your child’s Erb’s palsy, even if it was one of the multiple causes.
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You and your child deserve a shot at justice if you were the victims of medical malpractice. Call our team of Longmont Ranch Erb’s palsy lawyers at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to find out how we can help you pursue financial justice.