Birth injuries can happen in many ways. Members of the delivery team may incorrectly administer labor-inducing drugs, or they may incorrectly use delivery devices such as vacuum extractors or forceps to deliver a baby that has become stuck against the mother’s pelvis or inside the womb. When these types of errors happen, the baby may suffer an injury or sustain physical damage. Erb’s palsy is a specific type of nerve damage that can occur under such circumstances. It affects a network of five nerves in the neck called the brachial plexus. Injury to the brachial plexus can affect the baby’s sensation in – and ability to use – his or her shoulders, arm, hands, or fingers. Other issues and disabilities that a baby with such an injury may face include growth defects in the muscles of the arm and even paralysis.
Birth-related Erb’s palsy can occur in the following situations:
- If the baby’s head or neck is pulled or pushed too far one way or the other as the baby passes through the birth canal.
- Breech births in which the feet or bottom of the baby comes out first. The baby’s arm may be raised, pressed, or twisted inside the birth canal during such delivery.
- If the baby’s head emerges whilst the shoulders are stuck behind.
- If the baby’s shoulders become unnaturally stretched as he or she passes through the birth canal.
A few factors that can increase the likelihood of damage to the brachial plexus and the development of Erb’s palsy include:
- Large infants that may become stuck in or may press against the narrow entryway of the birth canal.
- C-section deliveries.
- The inexperience of the delivery team responsible for performing or assisting during delivery may cause, contribute to, or worsen damage to the brachial plexus.
Health care professionals are required to take necessary precautions whenever faced with difficult or unexpected delivery circumstances. If your child or that of a loved one suffers from Erb’s palsy or if he or she shows signs of a disability, has missed key growth milestones, or has trouble using his or her arms or hands, speak with a lawyer to investigate the cause of the illness, why it was not diagnosed, how severe it is, and what next steps you should take.
If your child suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of a medical team, call us today at (800) 222-9529. We will walk you through everything you need to know about filing a case, collecting evidence to support your claim, and investigating the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth.
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Treatment and Compensation for Erb’s Palsy
Depending on the severity of the case, your child may require surgery, physical or occupational therapy, or other forms of long-term care and treatment. He or she may suffer from various forms of impairment in the use of his or her arms, including permanent weakness or paralysis.
The costs associated with the treatment of Erb’s palsy can be costly. If the actions or inaction of your health care provider or a medical practitioner somehow caused your child’s nerve damage, you can file a medical malpractice suit against them. Medical caregivers are trusted to provide our loved ones with the care and treatment they need and deserve, and these professionals are held to a very high standard. If they fail to meet this standard, they may be held liable for any damages and injuries that result.
Compensation and damages for Erb’s palsy cases often include coverage for the following:
- Doctor’s visits, medications, and the costs of assistive devices.
- Therapy, counselors, and trainers.
- Lost income from an inability to work while attending to an injured or disabled loved one.
Whatever treatments your child may need to undergo, the costs can quickly add up. Call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group to learn about your rights, responsibilities, and the next steps you should take toward securing the physical well-being of your injured child as well as the financial well-being of your family.
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Erb’s palsy is a serious condition, and its effects can last for a very long time. Delays in administering treatment can make it harder for your child to recover, and it may also extend his or her recovery period, adding to a significant amount of physical, mental, and financial stress along the way.
Many cases of Erb’s palsy are preventable. Medical professionals are responsible for taking preemptive steps to avoid risk and injury to the mother and her baby before, during, and after delivery. They must also take appropriate steps to ensure that the baby is safe and healthy during and after delivery and advise the mother with regards to appropriate prenatal care. They must also screen the mother and baby for infections or other issues that may cause or lead to a birth complication.
Whatever the cause of your child’s injuries, and whatever expenses you may be faced with as a result, we are here to help. We specialize in birth injury-related litigation. Toward securing compensation and damages for your child’s Erb’s palsy, we will help you investigate the circumstances surrounding your child’s delivery, interview medical staff responsible for providing the mother and child with care, and identify when, where, and how a breach of the duty of care occurred. We will also help you identify and then quantify the damages you may be entitled to and file a claim on your behalf. We will also negotiate with at-fault parties for a fair settlement and represent you in court if your case goes to trial.
We charge no up-front fees for any of our services and work on a contingency-fee-basis. This means we only collect payment for services once we successfully negotiate a settlement or win a compensation payout for you. Call today for a free case evaluation. We will walk you through everything you need to know, from the strengths and weaknesses of your case and who may be liable for damages to the kinds of compensation you may be entitled to and how to file your claim. Call now at (800) 222-9529.