The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in the neck. Injury to this system of nerves can lead to Erb’s palsy, which is a condition that can limit the sensory signals that travel between the spinal cord and the affected person’s shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, and fingers. Although many cases of this type of injury heal over time on their own without any sort of invasive treatment, sustaining a serious stretch or a tear in any of the nerves in this network can result in irreversible damage that can cause long-term complications. These complications include paralysis, pain, and an inability to move the arm. Growth defects in the nerves, bones, and muscles of the arm may also result. The injuries that cause these complications and conditions are often sustained while a baby is delivered in a prolonged or emergency birth.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help if your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy. If you suspect that medical malpractice may have contributed to, caused, or worsened the condition of your child, leaving you to face treatment costs, missed time from work, and the pain of your child, call now at (800) 222-9529 for a consultation with one of our birth injury experts. We will walk you through everything you need to know about Erb’s palsy and medical malpractice concerning birth injuries, including a discussion on your rights and responsibilities, how cases are handled, the evidence needed to build a case, and the types of compensation you may be entitled to. We can also connect you to medical professionals and caregivers to give your child the care and therapy they may need.
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How Does Erb’s Palsy Occur?
Erb’s palsy can be caused in a number of ways. It commonly occurs in children who suffer birth-related injuries under one of the following circumstances:
- Prolonged labor
- Breech births (when the child is born feet-first or bottom-first)
- Incorrect use of assistive devices such as forceps or vacuum extractors
- The incorrect use of labor-inducing medication
Treating a child with Erb’s palsy can be difficult, as well as expensive. We specialize in assisting families with injured children receive the care and legal guidance they need, as well as the compensation for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost income, therapy costs, and other related costs that they are entitled to. We work very closely with the family of the injured child to make sure that he or she has access to the treatment and care that they need in order to minimize any negative effects that their condition may have on their day-to-day life. Our focus is on giving you and them a better chance of living an independent and fulfilling life. Call today at (800) 222-9529 for a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation with an experienced birth injury lawyer today.
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Types of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy can lead to decreased sensation in the affected arm, as well as slight difficulty controlling or moving the arm or fingers. It can also lead to complete paralysis and muscular atrophy in the affected arm.
The four main types of Erb’s palsy are as follows.
An avulsion injury occurs when nerves in the brachial plexus tear away from the spinal cord.
A rupture occurs when a nerve from the brachial nexus network becomes torn but does not completely detach from the spinal cord.
A neuroma occurs when a torn nerve heals on its own but, due to the presence of scar tissue, is unable to effectively send impulses or transmit signals down the affected nerve.
Neuropraxia occurs when a nerve becomes stretched but is not torn.
Diagnosing and Treating Erb’s Palsy
Diagnosis and treatment of Erb’s palsy may involve the following:
- Scans (such as MRIs, CT scans, or ultrasounds) to take images of the brain to pinpoint the location and type of damages and/or injuries that your child has.
- Blood tests to identify potential infections
- Physical, occupational, and/or emotional therapy, as well as hydrotherapy
- The use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs or arm/shoulder braces
Medication, doctor’s visits, and changes to the routines or schedules of caregivers to ensure the patient has the care and help they need round-the-clock
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How a Lawyer Will Help
Handling the intricacies of medical malpractice cases, understanding complex medical and legal jargon, dealing with insurance companies and healthcare institutions, and fighting a case against a team of doctors and healthcare providers can be very difficult, especially if you attempt to do so on your own. These are institutions and organizations that face all sorts of medical and legal challenges on a regular basis, and they have teams in place to handle such cases on their behalf.
It can be very difficult, if not impossible, for the family of an injured child to file a case and follow through with it while simultaneously caring for their injured and potentially disabled loved one. The family will likely be faced with bills for medical care, medicine, therapy, assistive devices, and therapy.
The good news is that not only do we take no up-front fees for handling your case on your behalf, but we will also help you put together as strong a case as possible by:
- Collecting the evidence needed to prove your case
- Quantify the damages you suffered
- Interviewing the delivery team responsible for your child’s injuries
- Obtaining expert testimony from medical and legal professionals regarding the strengths and evidence of your claim
- Negotiating with at-fault parties to secure the compensation you are entitled to
- Taking your case to trial if a satisfactory damages payout is not arrived at
If medical negligence caused your child’s Erb’s palsy and you want to learn more about filing a claim, call us for a free case evaluation at (800) 222-9529. We will investigate your case, collect the evidence needed to build a case, file your claim with the right courts, negotiate a settlement with at-fault parties, and fight for you in court if a fair settlement cannot be arrived at.