Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy that occurs at birth and leads to the paralysis or weakness of a baby’s arm. Although Erb’s palsy is treatable with consistent treatment or surgery, some children may never fully recover the use of their arm.
An abnormal or difficult child birth is a common cause of an Erb’s palsy birth injury. Unfortunately, such births may also be a result of medical negligence.
If you believe a medical professional’s actions, or failure to act, caused your newborn’s Erb’s palsy, contact a West Palm Beach Erb’s palsy lawyer. Our attorneys understand the physical, emotional and financial toll such a condition can have on a child and their family, which is why we will fight for your justice.
Our legal team offers free consultations so that you can determine if you are entitled to file a lawsuit.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is usually triggered by a nerve injury during the birthing process. It is estimated that two out of every 1,000 babies will be affected by Erb’s palsy.
If a medical professional must deliver the baby quickly and pull the baby from the birth canal, with or without the use of forceps, this may cause the brachial plexus to stretch. The stretch can damage the nerves and cause an Erb’s palsy birth injury.
Breech births, where a newborn is delivered feet first, may also cause Erb’s palsy. Failing to schedule a C-section can increase the risk of injury and may be considered medical negligence.
Certain risk factors can also increase the risk of a difficult birth. It is important for a doctor to recognize these risks in order to make sound medical decisions about the birthing process. Some factors that could increase the risk of a difficult birth include:
- Mother’s small pelvis/body frame
- Large infant
- Excessive weight gain by the mother
Diagnosing Erb’s palsy is based a physical examination that reveals weakness of the arm. Doctors may also use x-rays and other imaging tests, such as an MRI, to determine if there is nerve damage. As an injury may be mild, parents need to pay close attention and observe any obvious signs.
Some signs of Erb’s palsy include:
- Shoulder or arm weakness
- Loss of feeling in the affected arm
- Partial or full paralysis of one arm
Treatment for Erb’s palsy may require exercise, physical therapy or surgery. Although most cases are treatable, some victims may experience lifelong disability challenges.
Medical professionals should be trained to spot potential risks and act accordingly so that your child is not injured during the birthing process. If you believe your child’s Erb’s palsy birth injury was caused by negligent medical professionals, contact a West Palm Beach Erb’s palsy lawyer for a free consultation.
An attorney can help you fight for the compensation you need to help your child lead a long, healthy life.
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How Can a Lawsuit Help?
What happened to you and your child is something no one should ever have to endure. It is easy to feel as though your child is facing an uncertain future, but our attorneys have the skills and determination to help you and your family fight for the future they deserve.
Filing a lawsuit against the hospital, facility or staff that caused your newborn’s Erb’s palsy birth injury can help you recover compensation for:
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Current or future surgeries
- Loss of future earnings
- Required medical equipment
Furthermore, a lawsuit may also help families obtain compensation for mental anguish and their child’s loss of quality of life.
Contact a West Palm Beach Erb’s Palsy Lawyer
If negligence or medical malpractice contributed to your child’s Erb’s palsy birth injury, you need an attorney with extensive knowledge of medical malpractice laws. With more than 200 years of combined legal experience, the team at Gordon & Doner is experienced in litigation and negotiation cases similar to yours.
Our West Palm Beach Erb’s palsy lawyers will contact medical experts, review your medical records, obtain statements from medical professionals and use their extensive resources to fight for your rights. We provide compassionate representation to those who were injured due to negligent actions.
We work on a contingency fee basis as well, which means you do not pay us unless we obtain a successful verdict or settlement. Schedule a free consultation today.