While a child with Erb’s palsy can grow to live a happy, healthy life, they often have many complications and developmental delays. These challenges can place a financial burden on parents. They can also be physically and emotionally taxing. The parties whose negligent or erroneous behavior led to your child’s injury should compensate you for your losses. An Overland Park Erb’s palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group can make sure they do.
At the Birth Injury Lawyers Group, we help clients in Overland Park, Johnson County, and all of the Kansas City metro area recover the money they deserve when they or their children suffer injuries because of someone else’s negligence. We have a strong track record of taking on hospitals and medical facilities and holding them accountable for our clients’ injuries. We are so sure of ourselves that we never charge a fee until we win money for you.
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What You Need to Know About Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is a neurological condition caused by birth trauma. A brachial plexus injury in newborns mostly affects the nerves in the shoulder area, according to MedlinePlus. However, the nerve network in the human body is highly interconnected, so damage to a certain area rarely affects only that region. It can impact every part of the body and many bodily processes.
Erb’s Palsy Causes
Erb’s palsy is the name for a specific type of damage to the nerves in the upper shoulder during labor. MedlinePlus reports that an injury of this kind can happen in a number of ways, but the most common is that the shoulders become pinned in the birth canal during delivery, and the doctor or doctors use too much force to try to extract the baby. When this happens, the pressure placed on the fragile skeleton inflicts damage to the nerves in the trapped area. In mild cases, this damage may resolve itself during infancy or early childhood. But in more severe situations, it can have a lasting impact.
Erb’s Palsy Effects
Erb’s palsy can manifest in a number of symptoms ranging from mild to highly disruptive. The condition is rarely fatal, but it can be costly to treat and cause chronic pain and discomfort.
Some symptoms of a brachial plexus injury like Erb’s palsy can include:
- Stinging or burning in the arm
- Numbness or weakness in the arm
- Inability to use an arm or hand
- Lack of feeling or movement in the arm, shoulder, or hand
- Severe pain
Consulting with a doctor if you observe any of these symptoms in your child is important.
Erb’s Palsy Care Can Cause Financial Stress For a Lot of Families
While Erb’s palsy is a manageable disability whose sufferers can still lead productive lives, it can exact a substantial financial cost on parents and caretakers, particularly during infancy and toddlerhood. A child with Erb’s palsy may have difficulty crawling, walking, and developing fine motor skills. They may take longer to learn to tie their shoes or brush their teeth on their own. Because of these developmental delays, parents may have to spend money on therapy and medical care.
Some of the most common costs associated with raising a child with Erb’s palsy include:
- Medical care, including doctor visits, surgeries, procedures, physical and occupational therapy, and rehabilitation
- Speech therapy
- Medical devices
- Prescription medication
- Special schooling or tutors
The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help you take on the responsible party or parties, ensuring that they bear these costs, not you. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, call our office today at (800) 222-9529.
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How We Build Your Overland Park Erb’s Palsy Claim
We will gather evidence and build a compelling claim for damages. Our claim will prove the following four conditions.
The Responsible Party Owed You a Duty of Care
For a medical provider or facility to have liability, it must have owed a duty of care to the injured party. A doctor-patient relationship implies a duty of care. We will first establish this duty existed in your case.
The Responsible Party Breached Their Duty of Care
We have to show that the responsible party did not uphold their duty of care to you, meaning they did not behave as a person in their position should have, given the situation. We will present substantial evidence — possibly including expert witness testimony — to make our case.
Your Child Suffered Injuries Because of the Responsible Party’s Failure
For you to qualify for compensation, there must be a clear cause-and-effect relationship between the other party’s failure to uphold their duty of care and specific injuries suffered by you or your child.
You Incurred Economic or Noneconomic Damage
We must finally show that the injuries suffered by your child caused you to incur economic or noneconomic damages.
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Your Monetary Compensation
You may be eligible for full compensation for all of the economic and noneconomic damages you have incurred for your child’s Erb’s palsy birth injury. These damages include:
- Medical bills
- Costs of special schooling, therapy, and tutoring
- Time away from work to care for your child
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
You may be able to collect further types of damages.
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The Statute of Limitations Could Limit Your Time to File a Lawsuit
It is critical to take legal action as soon as possible after your child’s diagnosis. First, the quicker you take action, the fresher the evidence, and the better the chances of recovering full compensation. But also, if you wait too long, you risk running up against the statute of limitations, a time limit set by the courts after which your claim is no longer valid. Talk to an Erb’s palsy lawyer from the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today about your options.
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To speak with a member of the legal team at the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today about your child’s Erb’s palsy diagnosis, call us today at (800) 222-9529.