Erb’s palsy is a condition that impacts the sensory signals that travel between the spinal cord and the affected person’s shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, and fingers. It usually develops when the brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves in the neck, sustains an injury. Injuries to these nerves, if mind, can heal over time on their own without any sort of invasive treatment. However, serious stretches or tears can lead to irreversible damage that can cause long-term complications, including 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 when a baby is delivered in a prolonged or emergency birth.
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group specializes in birth-related medical malpractice. We can help you if your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy. Call us at (800) 222-9529 for a free case evaluation and 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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What Causes Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus injuries can occur in many different ways, but it is often seen 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
- Large babies that become stuck against the mother’s pelvis
- Medical or administrative errors
- High blood pressure of the mother
Treating a child with Erb’s palsy can be difficult and expensive. We specialize in assisting families with injured children receive the care and legal guidance they need. We also assist them in obtaining 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 treatment, care, and therapy so that the family and the injured child can overcome the injury and lead as disability-free a life as is possible. Call 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
There are four main types of Erb’s palsy, as outlined below.
An avulsion occurs when a nerve from the brachial plexus tears away from the spinal cord.
A rupture occurs when a nerve from the brachial nexus sustains a tear but does not completely detach from the spinal cord.
A neuroma occurs when a torn nerve heals but leaves scar tissue behind that inhibits the nerve’s ability to send impulses or transmit signals.
Neuropraxia occurs when a nerve is stretched but not torn.
Diagnosing and Treating Erb’s Palsy
It is important that you receive a correct diagnosis for your child’s condition if you are to provide the right treatment and therapy that he or she needs. Doing this will involve the following:
- A physical checkup by your doctor to determine what kinds of symptoms, disabilities, weaknesses, or other health issues your child exhibits.
- Performing 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.
- Taking blood tests to identify potential infections.
- Physical, occupational, and/or emotional therapy, as well as hydrotherapy.
- Using 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.
These tests and treatments are not only expensive but they can represent a serious time and financial burden on the family. Costs quickly add up, so if a doctor or his or her medical team caused or even contributed to your child’s Erb’s palsy, you should seek the compensation you are entitled to.
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How Lawyer Counsel Will Help
It can be very difficult for a family, especially one handling an injury to a newborn infant, to handle a medical case on their own. 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, if not impossible. Institutions and organizations such as hospitals and care clinics face all sorts of medical and legal challenges on a regular basis, and they have specialized teams in place to handle malpractice cases on their behalf.
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:
- Evaluating your case.
- Collecting the evidence needed to prove your case.
- Quantify the damages you suffered.
- Submitting a notice of intent to the at-fault parties that you intend to sue.
- Obtaining the testimony of a medical expert regarding the strengths and evidence of your claim (this is a legal requirement for civil suits that involve medical malpractice).
- Interview the delivery team responsible for your child’s injuries.
- Negotiate with at-fault parties to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
- Take 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. Statutes of limitation apply to medical malpractice claims so call today.