Despite the best efforts of doctors, obstetricians, and other medical caregivers, the unexpected can always occur, and a sudden birth complication can arise at any time. Under such circumstances, the delivery team may forcefully extract the baby from the mother using devices such as forceps by placing pressure on the head, shoulders, or arms of the baby. This may result in serious injuries to the baby.
Despite the trauma of a procedure such as this, the family may feel relief that their child was delivered, but if the sustained an injury during the process, it raises many questions. What went wrong? What were the complications that arose? Could the delivery team have prevented these injuries and performed and safe delivery?
The answers to these questions can be the differences between a natural, unpreventable birth injury and an act of medical malpractice.
If your child suffered a birth injury or was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group is here to help. We help families in Miami Gardens understand their rights when it comes to medical malpractice cases. We can also help them determine whether or not medical negligence played a role in causing or aggravating their child’s injuries.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation on your case. We may be able to represent your Erb’s palsy case on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments required for our services.
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The Signs, Symptoms, and Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is a neurological illness that can affect the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. It is usually caused by injury to the brachial plexus, which is a system of nerves near the neck. In fact, Erb’s palsy is sometimes used interchangeably with brachial plexus injury. Medical negligence and malpractice are common causes of preventable Erb’s palsy.
Erb’s palsy can occur naturally. Consider a situation in which a baby is too large to pass through the womb. An additional issue that may arise is if the mother does not dilate enough for the baby to pass through. These cases are sometimes categorized as unpreventable causes of Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus damage.
Medical Negligence and Erb’s Palsy
Other times, Erb’s palsy is brought on by preventable circumstances that a doctor failed to avoid.
If a medical team should have but did not perform tests that would have identified signs of a difficult birth, failed to perform an emergency cesarean birth (C-Section) when one was medically warranted, or improperly used delivery tools such as vacuum extractors to remove a baby from the mother, they may be held liable for the damages that result.
Preparing for unexpected circumstances, performing routine and precautionary tests when needed, having the required tools and training, and screening the mother and her baby for birth complications are some of the basic steps that any competent doctor would take while preparing for a delivery.
If your doctor did not take these steps, and your child was injured as a result, they may be held liable for damages related to your child’s injuries.
If you suspect that doctor negligence occurred in your childbirth, and either caused or contributed to your child’s Erb’s palsy, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. We can discuss your case and what legal options may be available to you in a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team.
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Erb’s Palsy Symptoms
Patients with Erb’s palsy may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty or the inability to move the arm, wrist, hand, or fingers in certain ways
- Limited or no sensation in the affected arm
- Weakness in the affected arm
- Pain in certain parts of the affected arm
- Muscle loss in the shoulder or the affected arm
If you notice any of these symptoms in your child, you should have them examined by a doctor immediately.
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Working With a Lawyer on Your Case
If doctor negligence caused your child’s Erb’s palsy, you should not have to pay for the financial impacts this injury has on your life. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group may be able to help you pursue compensation for your damages.
A Miami Gardens Erb’s palsy lawyer from our firm can walk you through everything you need to know about filing a case and collecting the evidence to support your claim when we represent you.
We can also help you by:
- Conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth
- Identifying everyone involved in the treatment of your child, interviewing them, and using the testimony of malpractice experts to support your case
- Calculating the value of your claim by assessing the value of pain and suffering, lost time from work, the costs of treatment, and other related outlays
- Ensuring that you meet all administrative and legal deadlines that apply to medical malpractice
- Handling all communications with lawyers and other involved parties
- Negotiating for a settlement offer from the responsible party’s insurance company
- Taking your case to trial if they are not willing to give you a fair offer
Do not delay if you are considering legal action, as each state imposes a statute of limitations, or legal time limit, on filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. We can discuss what legal deadlines pertain to your case when you call for a free consultation.
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If your child suffered a birth injury or was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group. A Miami Gardens Erb’s palsy lawyer from our firm may be able to represent you.
A no-obligation consultation on your case is free when you call us at (800) 222-9529.