Erb’s palsy is a common childhood illness. Also known as a brachial plexus injury, it affects roughly two out of every 1,000 infants born in the United States. It can develop if specific nerves in the neck known as the brachial plexus become stretched, injured, or completely severed from the spine. It can lead to several serious issues with the patient’s ability to feel, move, or control the arm. Mild cases often heal on their own, but serious cases may require long-term therapy, surgery, and the use of assistive devices such as arm or neck braces, not to mention specialist intervention to help the patient regain strength and motor control in the arm.
If your child suffers from Erb’s palsy, we can help. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group works to ensure that the families of infants and newborns who sustain birth-related injuries recover the damages they deserve and can find and pay for the care and assistance they need. To learn more about your rights and how to initiate a claim, call now at (800) 222-9529.
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Causes of Erb’s Palsy
The brachial plexus can sustain an injury in many different ways. The most common causes of brachial plexus injuries are:
- Physical activity accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Child abuse
- Birth-related injuries
- Medical negligence and/or malpractice
Concerning the last two points above, birth-related injuries and medical malpractice can take many forms. Consider the following:
- The delivery team administers an incorrect dosage of labor-inducing drugs.
- Diagnostic tests that would have identified a birth complication were not performed.
- Certain tests were performed but were incorrectly read or interpreted by your child’s doctor.
- The delivery team injured your child by incorrectly using assistive devices to extract your child from the mother.
- Post-natal follow-ups failed to include testing for viral or bacterial illnesses that led to an injury.
In all of these cases, you may be able to prove medical negligence against your child’s doctor or his or her delivery team.
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Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy
The symptoms of your child’s brachial plexus injury can manifest in different ways, based on where along the spine that damage occurred and with how much severity. Mild cases of Erb’s palsy can be identified by numbness and/or weakness in the arm and an inability to move the arm, shoulders, wrists, or fingers in certain ways.
In severe cases, however, the patient may experience the following:
- A loss of motor control in the shoulders, arms, wrist, hands, or fingers.
- A complete inability to use or feel the arm.
- Sharp pain that shoots down the arm, or a burning sensation in the arm or fingers.
- Muscle atrophy (wasting away of muscle tissue due to a lack of use).
- Bone contractures (shortening of the bones as a result of growth and sensory abnormalities).
Treating Erb’s Palsy
If your child has a mild brachial plexus injury or a mild case of Erb’s palsy, the condition may heal on its own. More serious cases, however, will require long-term physical therapy to improve strength and sensation in the arm, fingers, or shoulder, and muscle strengthening exercises to combat muscle degeneration and atrophy that can result from infrequent use of the muscles of the arm.
Severe cases may require a nerve graft or a nerve transfer procedure. These treatments are expensive, invasive, and painful. Tests may also be required, including MRIs and CT scans, along with medication, therapy, and specialist appointments. The costs of these treatments can quickly add up, leaving the family to grapple with making payments, arranging for caretakers, and traveling to and from appointments, all while taking on the mental and emotional stress of having an injured and potentially disabled child’s future to worry about.
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How a Lawyer Can Help
If your child was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy caused by medical negligence, or if your child has received a negative diagnosis and you are not sure what to do, call us at (800) 222-9529. We will help you in the following way:
- We will help you collect the evidence needed to support your claim. Doing this will involve interviewing the medical team responsible for your child’s delivery, obtaining the testimony of legal and medical malpractice professionals in support of your case, and investigating the medical backgrounds of the delivery team to identify any past instances of malpractice.
- We will help you identify and then quantify the costs associated with treatment for your child, as well as any indirect costs you suffer. These may include lost earnings from an inability to work, payments made to caretakers, therapy and rehab costs, and fees paid to specialists hired to help your child regain function and control in his or her affected arm.
- We will help you gather and then file the right paperwork with the right agencies and ensure that you meet all regulatory, administrative, and legal deadlines. Ensuring that your claim meets all statutory guidelines before being presented to the court for a decision is an important part of winning the compensation you deserve.
If negligence or medical malpractice caused your child’s Erb’s palsy, or if you simply received an injury diagnosis but are unsure about what happened, give us a call today. A medical malpractice expert at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you ascertain how and why your child sustained a birth-related injury, what the prognosis of his or her injuries is, how and where to find the treatment and care you need. We will also walk you through what you need to know with regards to how strong a case for medical negligence compensation you have, what important next steps you need to take, what to expect as your claim progresses, and what to do if given an offer for settlement. We handle all of our cases on a contingency-fee-basis. This means you pay nothing unless you win compensation or are given a settlement by the at-fault parties responsible for your child’s injuries, so call now to secure legal representation.