Erb’s palsy is a condition that can develop when a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus sustains damage during labor or delivery. Since these nerves control the shoulder and arms, damage to them can lead to weakness, a lack of sensation, and sometimes even paralysis in part or all of the arm. Babies who sustain a brachial plexus injury and suffer from Erb’s palsy, as a result, may recover over time if their injuries are mild, but some cases lead to lasting complications even if the patient receives treatment and undergoes therapy for his or her condition.
If your child was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy that was caused by delivery-related errors or emergency situations that required drastic steps to deliver your child, we can help. At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we specialize in medical malpractice and we understand medical negligence laws, how conditions such as Erb’s palsy can result from the mismanagement of delivery, and how to help families overcome the challenges they will face with the long-term costs and disabilities that their innocent child suffers from. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation at (800) 222-9529 to discuss the specifics of your case and to identify the expenses and damages that you may have grounds to seek compensation for.
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What is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy is a neurological disorder that can develop when the brachial plexus, a major nerve system that runs from the spinal cord all the way through the neck and into the arm, sustains damage via stretching, tearing, or detachment from the spine. It often happens when a baby makes its way through the birth canal. If a baby’s head, neck, or shoulders are stretched during delivery, either by becoming stuck in the birth canal or by being pulled on by a member of the delivery team, the baby’s nerves may become injured, leading to Erb’s palsy. The risk factors for Erb’s palsy injuries include having an abnormally large baby, prolonged or complicated labor, and delivering a baby feet-first or bottom-first (also known as a breech birth).
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Treatment and Prognosis
Most babies born with a brachial plexus injury recover over time, but only if the damage sustained by the baby is minor. In such cases, the baby will likely recover most if not all of the function and sensation of their affected arm by the time they are between three and six months old.
In cases of moderate or severe damage, however, the baby may suffer long-term or even permanent disabilities. This can happen if the baby’s nerves are stretched far enough to tear. Nerves that become detached from the spinal cord can cause extreme pain and serious health complications and will likely require surgery.
Nerve damage can lead to problems with sensation and movement. Serious cases can lead to life-long disabilities and may require expensive treatment and therapy, not to mention specialized care, the help of assistive devices, and round-the-clock monitoring.
Some patients who suffer from serious nerve damage can turn things around and slowly recover from their Erb’s palsy, but doing so usually requires one of the surgical procedures below.
This type of operation involves using a healthy section of nerve to bypass an injured section of nerve in order to facilitate the travel of nerve impulses from the brain down the neck down to the target area.
This type of operation involves transferring nerves from a less important area to the damaged target area.
Muscles can waste away as a result of Erb’s palsy. This happens because muscles that are not used – usually because those muscles do not receive impulses of any type as a result of the patient’s brachial plexus injury – become smaller and weaker over time. This is also known as muscle atrophy. Muscle transfers can be used to restore the blood supply to damaged muscles in the target area.
These treatments are expensive and many families struggle over the long run to keep up with payments for their child’s treatment, therapy, medicine, and assistive devices. If you believe your doctor or his or her medical team contributed to or caused your child’s Erb’s palsy, contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at (800) 222-9529. We provide our clients with free, no-obligation case evaluations and take cases on a contingency-fee-basis. This means you pay nothing until you receive a settlement or compensation award. If your situation warrants a claim, we will help you collect the evidence needed to prove negligence on the part of the at-fault parties that inflicted damages on you.
If your child suffered a birth injury that was caused by malpractice, you should seek monetary compensation so that you can provide your child with the care and treatment he or she needs. The amount of compensation you may be eligible for depends on a number of factors. These include the extent of the damage your child suffered, the nature of the injuries sustained, the amount of care your child will need to live a normal life, and any additional evidence we find against the doctor or delivery team member who was negligent.
Your compensation award will also factor in medical expenses, therapy costs, rehabilitation equipment, and possibly lost wages that result from missing work while you care for your injured child.
For the best possible outcome, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group now at (800) 222-9529. Our team of experienced and empathetic Erb’s palsy lawyers will collect the evidence needed to prove your case, interview medical and legal specialists to use their testimony in support of your case, and make sure that you are able to file for the highest possible compensation payout you are legally entitled to based on the specifics of your case. Call now.