Erb’s palsy is a neurological disorder that can develop when the brachial plexus, which is a system of nerves in the neck, sustains damage via stretching or tearing. It can occur during birth, especially in emergency or complicated births when the medical team delivering the baby may have to resort to forcefully removing the baby from the mother. If in doing so the baby’s brachial plexus is damaged in any way, Erb’s palsy may develop, leading to a wide range of health issues in the child, including a loss of sensation, movement issues, and an inability to move the arms or fingers.
Delivery room doctors, nurses, and other caregivers are expected by the public to provide a high level of professional service, but when they make mistakes or if they act negligently, the newly born infant, the mother, and the family will be the ones who suffer injuries that are sometimes life-altering. Birth injuries can lead to significant medical bills, emotional stress, and isolation from the community as well. If your child suffered a serious birth-related injury, we can help. Contact the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today for a free case evaluation at (800) 222-9529. We will help you understand your legal options, including your right to seek damages and compensation.
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What Is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy is a common birth injury that can occur when a baby’s shoulders become stuck against the mother’s pelvic bone or inside the birth canal during delivery. It can lead to varying degrees of nerve damage that may limit the child’s ability to use one arm or the other. It can be short or long-term and affects different children in different ways.
If a reasonable level of medical care is used during the baby’s delivery, then Erb’s palsy is a preventable condition. However, if a medical care provider fails to recognize signs of a problem, fails to take remedial steps on time, fails to minimize the risks of an injury, or incorrectly uses delivery tools that cause or worsen an unexpected birth-related complication, a child can be left with life-long Erb’s palsy.
We are here to help you overcome the personal, financial, and legal challenges that come with an Erb’s palsy diagnosis. If your child suffers from Erb’s palsy, call us at (800) 222-9529 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to determine the best course of action for you and to learn more about your legal rights and responsibilities with regards to securing the physical well-being of your child and the financial well-being of your family.
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Treating Erb’s Palsy
Depending on the severity of the case, Erb’s palsy can be treated with physical therapy, occupational therapy, surgery, or a combination of all of these. Common treatments also include immobilization and exercise. Here are some of the ways these therapies may be administered.
Physiotherapy includes strength exercises, motion exercises, gentle stretching, and sensory stimulation. This type of treatment is usually performed at home or in combination with therapy at a medical center. The response to therapy varies from person to person, and it may be required in severe cases that require surgery. Even mild cases that simply need some additional help to strengthen and heal affected areas on their own can benefit from physiotherapy.
Patients with severe nerve damage can use occupational therapy to learn or re-learn how to perform everyday activities such as eating, grasping objects, writing, drawing, and more.
Surgery is the last resort for Erb’s palsy patients and it is usually only performed when there is no functional recovery from the other techniques outlined above. Surgery includes nerve grafts and nerve decompression operations. Nerve graft operations have the highest success rate when it comes to removing disabilities and improving motor functions and independence in patients with Erb’s palsy.
Erb’s Palsy and Medical Malpractice
If you suspect that your child suffered birth-related injuries caused by medical negligence or malpractice, we will evaluate your case for you. Doing this will require an investigation into the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth to determine whether or not you may be entitled to compensation. We will also interview medical and legal specialists to use their testimony in support of your case to prove that the medical team responsible for delivering your child did not meet the standard of care and, in doing so, should be held responsible for all damages that accrue to you as a result.
Some of the costs related to Erb’s palsy that may be compensable include:
- Medical care costs, including the costs of medicine, diagnostic tests, hospital visits, and surgery.
- Assistive devices such as wheelchairs, arm braces, or splints.
- Physical therapy to overcome weakness and a loss of motor function in the arm.
- Occupational therapy to improve the ability to perform fine motor actions.
- Social/emotional therapy to help the patient overcome the stigma and trauma caused by isolation.
- Lost income from an inability to work due to time spent at home caring for your child.
- Pain and suffering damages to compensate you for damages that you should not have been made to suffer.
These expenses can quickly add up, and the burden of these payments can soon become overwhelming, especially if treatment for your child’s brachial plexus injury is needed for even a few months, which is not uncommon when it comes to treating Erb’s palsy. We can help you identify, quantify, and file a claim for damages that you have legal grounds for after receiving a positive Erb’s palsy diagnosis for your child.
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How We Can Help
Every child who suffers from Erb’s palsy lives with it his or her own way. One child may require lifelong intensive care, and another may not exhibit serious symptoms or side effects until preschool or later.
Also, treatments for Erb’s palsy can be very expensive, and the financial burden of paying for therapy and treatments can quickly drain your financial resources. If negligence contributed to your child’s condition, we are here to help. We will thoroughly investigate your medical records at no cost, discuss your legal options with you, explain your rights to you, and chart out a plan for you to seek the damages you may be entitled to. Call us today at (800) 222-9529.