When medical negligence–whether in the form of doctor inexperience of outright negligence–causes a newborn infant a birth injury, the harm can be significant. Newborn children and small infants are highly susceptible to physical injury. The slightest miscalculation on the part of the obstetrics team can cause serious bodily harm.
Erb’s palsy is one such birth injury that can occur due to doctor negligence. This condition can lead to ongoing treatment costs, lost opportunities, lower quality of life, stress and emotional issues, a lack of independence, and a wide range of physical challenges.
If you live in Palm Bay and your child was given a diagnosis of Erb’s palsy, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can assist you.
Call (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation. Our compassionate team can evaluate your case and discuss your legal options. We may be able to represent your case on a contingency-fee basis where you pay nothing in advance for us to work for you.
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Causes and Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is associated with damage to certain nerves in the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus controls movement and sensation in the arm. Erb’s palsy can affect sensory signal travel between the spinal cord and the shoulders, arms, and hands.
The four main categories of Erb’s palsy are:
- The tearing of a nerve from the spinal cord
- The tearing of a nerve somewhere along the nerve
- Scar tissue developing on a nerve
- Stretched nerves
As should be clear, these categories manifest in drastically different ways and can lead to anything from mild Erb’s palsy that heals in months to more serious forms of Erb’s palsy that may result in permanent paralysis.
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How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy can occur in a difficult birth situation that a prepared doctor may have been able to avoid with proper screenings. It can also occur due to excessive force being used on the child.
Erb’s palsy include can occur in births involving:
- Prolonged labor
- Feet-first or bottom-first deliveries.
- Trauma from assistive devices used to remove the baby from the mother
- Administration errors such as incorrect medicine dosages
- Large babies or gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure in the mother
In some of these cases, the actions doctors take—or do not take—could be deemed as medical malpractice.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group represents Palm Bay families in medical malpractice cases. We may be able to help you if your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy. Call us at (800) 222-9529 for a free case evaluation with a member of our team.
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Erb’s Palsy Treatments and Costs
Various forms of therapy and exercise are generally the go-to treatment for Erb’s palsy. Other options include medication and assistive devices. Surgery may also be recommended for serious cases.
The majority of birth injury costs may involve treatment. However, the diagnosis of your child’s condition and tests can also be expensive, especially if they are required with any sort of frequency over months or years. Consider the following list of items you may have to pay for in addition to regular treatment for your child:
- Physical checkups
- Assessments of symptoms and disabilities
- Imaging studies such as an MRI or CT scan
- Blood tests
- Assistive devices to cope with limited physical ability
- Doctor’s visits
- Caretaker costs
If you can demonstrate that a doctor’s negligence caused your child’s Erb’s palsy, they may be responsible for compensating you for these costs, and more.
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How Legal Counsel Can Help
There are many ways that the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you overcome the challenges you face in the aftermath of receiving an Erb’s palsy diagnosis. When we represent you, a lawyer from our firm can handle the arduous task of seeking compensation from those responsible for your child’s disabilities while you concentrate on your child’s wellbeing.
A lawyer can help you make sense of the medical and legal terminologies used in malpractice cases. An attorney can communicate and negotiate with the insurance companies of those you have identified as at-fault in your malpractice claim.
A lawyer can also connect you to the medical experts and economic modeling experts that may be needed to testify that medical malpractice occurred, as well as quantify the pain, suffering, and tangible losses you are made to suffer from your child’s condition.
If the responsible party is not willing to make you a fair settlement offer, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can take your case to trial and defend your rights before a judge or jury.
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group Today
If medical errors or negligence were responsible for your child’s Erb’s palsy, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529. A Palm Bay Erb’s palsy lawyer from our firm may be able to represent you.
Do not delay if you are considering legal action for your child’s Erb’s palsy. Statutes of limitation apply to all civil suits, including medical malpractice claims. Based on when your child was injured and when he or she was initially diagnosed, you may face a restricted filing window.
We can discuss what legal deadlines pertain to your case when you call for a free consultation.
We may be able to represent your case on a contingency-fee basis where you do not pay us lawyer fees unless and until you recover compensation via a settlement offer or court awards.