Erb's Palsy Lawyers
If your newborn baby was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, there is a good chance it was the result of negligence by medical professionals during the birthing process. You may be able to file a lawsuit to obtain compensation for surgery, physical therapy, doctor’s visits and other expenses.
Schedule your free, no obligation legal consultation with our Erb’s palsy lawyers to find out if you have a valid claim. Our law firm has a long track record of obtaining fair compensation for victims of malpractice. We take cases from across the country and charge no fees unless your case has a favorable result, such as a fair settlement or favorable jury verdict.
Causes and Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is one type of injury to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves in both shoulders controlling movements in the shoulders, elbows, hands and wrists.
Erb’s palsy is often caused by one injury, or a combination of injuries, to the top part of the brachial plexus, including:
- Neurapraxia – This occurs when a nerve is strained or stretched but does not tear. These injuries often heal by themselves within three months.
- Neuroma – This happens when nerve fibers are damaged. A full recovery from this injury is often impossible.
- Ruptures – This occurs when the nerves are torn, and it always requires surgery to have a chance to heal.
- Avulsions – This happens when the nerve is ripped away from the spinal cord and cannot be reattached. The only way to restore partial function is to graft a nerve from another muscle in the body.
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Erb’s palsy often causes the following symptoms:
- Weakness in the arm or shoulder
- Full or partial paralysis in the affected arm
- Loss of feeling in the arm
- Weak grip
If you notice any of these symptoms, see your doctor for a physical evaluation to determine if your baby has Erb’s palsy.
If your baby is diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, your first priority is to determine treatment options. Your next priority is to call our Erb’s palsy lawyers to find out if you have legal claim. We may be able to obtain compensation to help cover the cost of your baby’s treatment.
Erb’s Palsy Risk Factors
Babies are more likely to suffer Erb’s palsy or another brachial plexus birth injury during a difficult birth, which can be caused by:
- The mother having a small pelvis or body frame
- A large infant
- Pronounced weight gain by the mother
- Breech births where babies are delivered feet first
Difficult births increase the chances doctors and other medical professionals will apply too much pressure when pulling the baby out and stretch or tear the nerves in the brachial plexus.
However, medical professionals need to recognize when a birth will be difficult and take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the baby and the mother. That could include making the decision to perform a Cesarean section, rather than going through the normal birthing process.
When medical professionals cause birth injuries through their reckless or intentional actions, they could be held liable for medical malpractice. In these situations, you may be able to file a legal claim and obtain compensation to cover the cost of treating your baby’s injury and other damages.
Types of Compensation for an Erb’s Palsy Claim
Erb’s palsy could heal within a year with appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, it could also partially heal or never heal at all, leaving your child with a permanent disability.
Either way, your child will need medical care and it could be very expensive. However, if your injury was caused by medical malpractice, an Erb’s palsy lawyer may be able to obtain compensation to cover treatment costs, including:
- Physical therapy
- Doctor’s appointments
- Medical equipment
- Current and future surgeries
- Diagnostic tests
You might also be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering and loss of future earnings.
Our experienced Erb’s palsy lawyers have the resources and skill to handle a complex medical malpractice case. Partner Giles H. Manleywas an obstetrician for more than 20 years and assisted in more than 2,000 births, and attorney Dov Apfel is nationally recognized as a child advocate who specializes in birth trauma and obstetrical malpractice claims.
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Medical professionals have a legal obligation to perform within accepted standards of the medical community. This is particularly important during the birthing process, because reckless actions can cause a newborn to suffer long-term or permanent disabilities, such as Erb’s palsy.
If your baby suffered Erb’s palsy due to medical malpractice, our Erb’s palsy lawyers can fight for justice for your baby and your family.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so we do not obtain compensation unless your case has a favorable outcome.