Erb’s palsy can produce limpness in a newborn child’s arm and cause understandable concern in parents. Along with suffering emotionally, the additional toll that a diagnosis of Erb’s palsy may have on a child and their parents may include medical expenses related to treatment or therapy. Some of these cases may stem solely from a medical error committed before or during the birth.
If you believe that a mistake or general carelessness by one or more medical professionals contributed to or directly caused your child to develop Erb’s palsy, then you may have a case for awards. Call our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 for a complimentary case evaluation.
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Erb’s Palsy Explained
When a child is born with Erb’s palsy (a form of brachial plexus injury), parents often assume the worst, as it appears that their child’s arm suffers paralysis.
Erb’s palsy results from significant damage to nerves that connect the spinal cord (a critical center of the body’s nervous system) and your child’s shoulder, chest, arm, and extremities of the arm. Each case of Erb’s palsy differs, but such nerve damage can cause symptoms such as:
- An arm that dangles so that it appears your child does not have control of it.
- Lack of control of the hand and forearm.
- A lack of response to sensation in affected areas of your child’s body, possibly including their arm, hand, shoulder, and part of their chest.
While your child may have experienced a lack of feeling in certain parts of their body affected by Erb’s palsy, it is possible that they were in a great deal of pain because of the condition, and may still be experiencing such pain.
It is vitally important for your child’s wellbeing that you pursue a definitive diagnosis of Erb’s palsy and seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect it.
Treating Erb’s Palsy
The good news for you and your child is that most newborns diagnosed with Erb’s palsy eventually achieve full abatement of symptoms—in other words, there is a good chance your child will return to complete normalcy, but it could take time.
Depending on the severity and nature of your child’s Erb’s palsy, treatment may include:
- Stabilization of the affected body parts, which may recover naturally with time and prevention of further injury.
- Physical therapy.
If your child’s Erb’s palsy proves serious, they may require pain management under the care of a specialist. They may also require one of the various forms of surgery aimed at treating the effects of Erb’s palsy.
The path to recovery for a child with Erb’s palsy is never easy, no matter the severity of their injury. The toll that experiencing the initial injury and pursuing recovery has on a family is just one of the losses which may entitle you to compensation.
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Medical Error May Entitle You to Coverage for Your Losses
If it becomes clear to you that your child’s nerve damage is partially or fully because of one or more medical errors during delivery, then the responsible parties may owe you financial compensation.
Some of the losses for which you may be eligible to collect awards include:
- The mental anguish of you and your child that resulted from their Erb’s palsy.
- The financial resources that you used to pay for the treatment of your child’s Erb’s palsy.
- The cost of the care that resulted in your child developing Erb’s palsy. This may include but may not be limited to the cost you paid to deliver your child.
- The time that your child lost in their development due to the time and effort required to recover from the Erb’s palsy.
When somebody interrupts your child’s natural course of development by inflicting a serious injury such as those that characterize Erb’s palsy, they may bear responsibility. A Savannah Erb’s palsy lawyer may devise a case for compensation and then, should you choose, put that plan into action in civil court.
Call our team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today at (800) 222-9529 to discuss your case at no cost.
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Legal Services We Offer Our Clients
Amidst the doctor’s appointments to treat your child’s symptoms and the general chaos of parenthood, having legal representation on your side may help relieve you of the stress of the legal process. Our team may handle the legal side of your case in its entirety.
If we move forward with building a case for you, we may:
- Conduct a free consultation with you to collect the basic details of your child’s injury and why you suspect medical malpractice may have occurred.
- Collect additional evidence and facts to identify any points in the delivery process where the medical error may have occurred.
- Consult medical experts that can testify to the presence of such medical errors.
- Complete every aspect of your case until it concludes in a judgment or settlement.
- Protect the rights of you and your child as we pursue awards on your behalf.
Depending on the state in which you live, statutes of limitation may apply if you need to take your medical malpractice claim to court. The sooner you seek legal representation, the sooner we may begin building a compelling case on your behalf.
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We want to help you pursue awards that may cover some of the costs of your child’s recovery and any other losses you sustained because of medical error. Call us at (800) 222-9529 for a free consultation with a Savannah Erb’s palsy lawyer.