Erb’s palsy does not injure every newborn child. However, many cases are caused by preventable mistakes made during delivery which are committed by attending medical staff. Brachial plexus injuries such as Erb Duchenne palsy often result when these types of mistakes are committed during emergency deliveries. When an emergency delivery is impending, the baby must be removed by force. Failure to respond during an emergency birth can result in the baby becoming stuck in the mother’s pelvic region, presenting a risk of straining the brachial plexus when medical staff attempt to pull the child out of the birth canal.
Attending healthcare providers have a responsibility to learn if you may be at risk to have a complicated birth before labor begins. If your medical history or preliminary testing indicates that you are at risk for a difficult birth and healthcare providers fail to perform necessary steps to prevent injury, they may be at fault for your or your child’s injury.
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What You Need to Know About Brachial Plexus Injuries
When physicians apply too much force to assist with a difficult delivery, the nerves in the region of the neck and shoulder that control the arm rigorously flex to one side. The nerves in this area may become damaged as a result. The extent of the damage may vary in severity and location. The University of Rochester Medical School states that the affected nerves may become torn in the middle, away from the end where they meet the spine, called a rupture. Your child may also sustain an avulsion in which the nerves tear at the location where they connect with the spine.
When your child suffers an avulsion, they may experience a loss of control in their arm and hand. They may also be unable to feel sensations in the arm and hand. In most cases, only one arm is affected, according to Mayo Clinic. Brachial plexus injuries are particularly dangerous because your child may not be able to sense additional impending injuries.
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We Can Help You Pursue Damages to Cover Erb’s Palsy Treatment
After your child receives an Erb’s palsy diagnosis, your pediatrician may recommend immediate physical therapy treatments. According to Cleveland Clinic, physical therapy is the most common form of treatment at the initial stage of diagnosis. Full recovery can be expected to take several months, the University of Rochester Medical School reports. Performing exercises targeted at improving mobility may help to ensure the restoration of mobility.
Other noninvasive treatment options such as massage have shown to be effective in mild and moderate cases. The most severe cases require surgical intervention. Mayo Clinic reports that severe pain may be managed with prescription medication.
Whether your child’s case is mild or severe, the costs of Erb’s palsy treatment add up fast. For many families, these treatments are unaffordable. Many parents cannot afford to lose time at work to facilitate their child’s healthcare appointments. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we sympathize with parents in these situations, and we do everything possible to ensure that your child gets treatment.
We have made treatments possible for many families. If you would like more information about pursuing damages that could pay for treatment for your child’s Erb’s palsy, call us now for a free case evaluation at (800) 222-9529. Our Cicero Erb’s Palsy lawyer is ready to take your call.
We May Be Able to Help You Pursue Damages in a Birth Injury Claim
If your child’s Erb’s palsy was the result of negligence or intentional misconduct committed by a hospital or doctor, the burden of proving this will be yours to bear. Medical malpractice claims require proof that a doctor violated the standard of care at the time your child was injured. You will also be required to prove that your child was in fact injured during birth.
Our birth injury attorneys will prove these connections through investigative techniques and gathering witness testimony.
If our firm takes on your case, we may able to recover money for current and future losses related to your child’s Erb’s palsy, such as:
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Hospital and doctor visits
- Medical equipment usage
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Loss of future earnings
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium
- Intentional misconduct, if any
- Any other losses related to your child’s injury
If your child was victimized by medical errors during delivery, we would like to offer our assistance. Give us a call now at (800) 222-9529, for a confidential case evaluation.
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How We Will Formulate Your Case Plan
Our birth injury advocates know what it takes to prove that your child’s Erb’s palsy is related to medical errors. If you retain our services, we will pursue financial recovery for every type of loss you incurred as a result of your child’s injury. We protect the rights of families who were victimized by medical negligence. We accomplish this by:
- Proving the cause of your child’s injury with evidence
- Accurately estimating the value of past and future losses
- Commissioning medical expert testimony
- Referring your child to Erb’s palsy specialists
- Bringing your case to trial, if necessary
- Keeping you updated at all stages of your case
- Handling all communications with relevant parties, including insurance companies
We may be able to help your family in other ways.
Do Not Wait to Reach Out to a Birth Injury Lawyer Today
Every state has laws that limit the amount of time that you have to commence a lawsuit for medical malpractice. So, we suggest that you call us as soon as you discover your child’s injury. Quick action means that we can get started immediately on your birth injury claim. We invite you to call a Cicero Erb’s Palsy lawyer now at (800) 222-9529.