The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion. When complications lead to injuries, the effects can be devastating for all those involved.
If your infant was born with a brachial plexus birth injury and you believe negligence may have caused the injury, you may be entitled to file a birth injury claim. No matter if a baby suffered a mild or severe case, treatment can be extensive and may even require surgery. A West Palm Beach brachial plexus lawyer at Gordon & Doner can help you determine your legal options.
Our team of attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience and are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured. No newborn should ever have to endure an injury as a result of medical staff’s negligence.
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What is Brachial Plexus?
Brachial plexus, also known as shoulder dystocia, is when the nerves of the shoulder get stretched, compressed or turned around during the birthing process. A brachial plexus birth injury can be caused by different forms of negligence, including failing to recognize the risk factors.
This type of injury can be prevented by recognizing the risk factors, such as gestational diabetes, excessive weight gain during pregnancy and post-term pregnancy among others.
If your doctor failed to recognize these risk factors, he or she could have put you and your child’s health in danger. If you believe a medical professional’s negligence may have caused shoulder dystocia, contact a West Palm Beach brachial plexus lawyer. Our legal professionals can investigate your claim and review your medical records to determine if you are entitled to file a lawsuit.
You initial consultation is free and we only get paid if you obtain a successful verdict or settlement.
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Can Medical Negligence Cause Brachial Plexus?
Medical negligence refers to a medical professional’s failure to adhere to a certain standard of care. By failing to adhere to the standard of care, the professional caused an injury. Negligence can include a professional’s failure to act. In cases of a birth injury, a doctor may fail to recognize that a newborn is at risk of suffering an injury during birth.
Some common situations in which negligence may have led to a brachial plexus birth injury include:
- Not recognizing fetal distress
- Failing to act on changes in the mother’s condition during pregnancy
- Misuse of forceps
- Delaying ordering or performing a C-section
- Failing to prevent shoulder lodging
In some cases, a child may suffer Klumpke’s palsy, which is a form of paralysis of the lower roots of the brachial plexus. The paralysis can affect the muscles of the hand and forearm.
If your child suffered a brachial plexus birth injury and you believe the medical professionals who helped in the birthing process acted negligently, you may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of quality of life and pain and suffering.
Contact a West Palm Beach brachial plexus lawyer for a free case review.
How Can a Brachial Plexus Lawyer Help?
With decades of experience in birth injury lawsuits, our West Palm Beach brachial plexus lawyers can help determine if your child was injured as a result of negligence. Though nothing can be done to return your child to an uninjured state, you can recover compensation and obtain justice for what happened. Filing a lawsuit may help you and your family recover compensation for:
- Current and future physical therapy costs
- Medical appointments
- Current or future surgeries
- Medical equipment costs
- Pain management medications
- Loss of future income
- Mental anguish
- Caretaker costs
Parents may also be entitled to file a claim for their loss of income and medical costs stemming from complications during the birthing process.
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If you are unsure of whether a birth injury was caused by medical negligence, contact an experienced West Palm Beach brachial plexus lawyer at Gordon & Doner. We can examine your medical records, review your claim and determine if you are entitled to file a lawsuit for damages.
Our team of attorneys have more than 200 years of combined legal experience and have obtained millions on behalf of our clients.