The brachial plexus is a nerve bundle that is responsible for sensation in the arm, shoulder, hands, and fingers. If this part of this nerve system is injured, it can lead to a condition known as Erb’s palsy. An individual with Erb’s palsy may exhibit issues with controlling his or her hands, arm, and fingers.
Brachial plexus injuries that cause Erb’s palsy are possible during childbirth. While these injuries are sometimes natural and unavoidable, they can also be caused by doctor negligence. If a doctor uses excessive force on a baby during delivery, or fails to prepare for a safe delivery, they may be liable for the damages they cause in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group represents West Palm Beach families in such. A West Palm Beach Erb’s palsy lawyer from our firm may be able to help your family pursue compensation.
For a free consultation on your case, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. We operate on a contingency-fee basis.
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How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Erb’s Palsy
As a birth injury, Erb’s palsy can occur if:
- A large baby has to be forcibly removed from the womb using assistive devices and sustains an injury in the process.
- The delivery team pushes the baby’s head or neck too far one way or another in an attempt to dislodge the baby from the mother’s body.
- The head or arms are twisted or stretched in a breech birth involving a child that is not positioned the right way before delivery.
Sometimes, these difficult birth situations are avoidable. If a doctor’s negligence allows a complicated birth to needlessly occur, it could be an instance of medical malpractice.
For instance, a doctor is supposed to screen a pregnant mother for signs of a difficult childbirth. If they take these precautions, they may be able to prevent injury to the child by ordering a safer delivery alternative, such as a Caesarean section.
If they do not take these precautions, they could wind up an emergency delivery situation where the baby must be pulled with force to be delivered. Because this situation was avoidable using standard medical practices, this scenario could qualify for medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice can also occur if a doctor uses excessive force in a situation where a similarly trained colleague would have taken different action.
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Erb’s Palsy Treatments
Mild Erb’s palsy cases may allow the infant to make a full recovery. Serious cases involving extensive nerve damage such as torn nerves or nerves that have become detached from their spinal roots may require long-term rehabilitative care or therapy. Surgery may also be required.
In some cases, non-invasive physiotherapy, exercises, medications, and the use of assistive devices can help a child recover from their illness and regain full function in their affected arm.
If this is not possible, a child may suffer permanent symptoms of Erb’s palsy.
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How the Birth Injury Lawyers Group Can Help Your Case
If you are struggling with an Erb’s palsy diagnosis that was caused by doctor negligence, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group is here to help.
A West Palm Beach Erb’s palsy lawyer from our firm may be able to manage your case while you concentrate on your child’s health and wellbeing.
We can help you do this by:
- Handling all communications and legal paperwork in your case
- Identifying how your child sustained an upper brachial plexus injury
- Determining the extent of his or her injuries
- Identifying who was responsible for your child’s injuries
- Collecting evidence to prove your claim
- Hiring a medical expert to testify that malpractice occurred, if necessary
- Quantifying the value of the damages you may be entitled to
- Negotiating with the responsible party’s insurance company for a settlement
- Take the case to trial if they do not make you a fair offer
When we represent you, the Birth Injury Lawyers Group will stand by your side as you fight for your rights and any financial compensation you may be entitled to under the rule of law.
To learn more about our services, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group for a free consultation at (800) 222-9529.
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Compensation in an Erb’s Palsy Case
If you are able to prove that medical malpractice was the cause of your child’s birth injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Negligent medical care
- All diagnostic and treatment medical care associated with your child’s injuries
- The estimated future costs of medical care
- Lost wages for either parent who stops working to care for the child
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group
If your child was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, we can help. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group offers a free consultation when you call our firm (800) 222-9529.
If you decide to hire a West Palm Beach Erb’s palsy lawyer from our firm to represent you, they may be able to do so on a contingency-fee basis with no up-front payments required. In this arrangement, we only receive payment for our legal fees if and when you recover compensation in a settlement or court awards.
Do not delay if you are considering legal action for your child’s Erb’s palsy case. Each state imposes a statute of limitations, or legal time limit, on how long victims have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Allowing this time limit to pass could prevent you from recovering compensation via a lawsuit.
Our team can discuss what legal deadlines pertain to your case when you call us for a free consultation.