Erb’s Palsy Injury
Erb’s Palsy is a condition of partial or complete paralyzation of the arm caused by damage to the shoulder nerves. It is a paralytic condition of the arm that occurs when the nerves connecting the shoulder to the spine, the brachial plexus, are damaged. Erb’s palsy can also result in shoulder pain without paralysis, depending on the extent of damage caused by the injury. If the injury was caused by another individual, you may be entitled to compensation.
Erb’s Palsy Causes
The most common cause of Erb’s palsy is negligence during a difficult birth. Other causes of Erb’s palsy include slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, gunshots, and other violent actions to the arm.
Brachial Plexus Injury
Approximately one or two babies per every thousand births suffer a brachial nerve injury. A doctor may be held liable for the resulting Erb’s palsy after childbirth if he or she does not recommend a cesarean section birth or if he or she mishandled the infant during a difficult delivery.
Some difficult births, including breech births, misalignment, prolonged labor, or problems pushing naturally require doctors to use extraction methods such as vacuums or forceps. Doctors are trained in using these tools and should be able to identify the appropriate times to use them. Erb’s palsy can result from the improper use of these tools, damaging the nerves in the neck, shoulders, and arms. Other times, during a complicated delivery, doctors may become nervous that serious brain damage may occur due to lack of oxygen, and may rush the childbirth by pulling with too much pressure. This is another common cause of Erbs Palsy.
Establishing Who is At Fault
Medical professionals are required to familiarize themselves with the risks associated with childbirth. If these professionals fail to meet this standard of care and a child is injured as a result, the doctor and/or hospital may be liable for damages.
If you suspect your baby was injured during delivery or pre-delivery care, your child may be entitled to compensation. There are several factors that will determine what type of compensation, if any, to which you are entitled. After this injury occurs, your child may need special schooling, medical treatment, and other ongoing care. Compensation can enable you to access the best resources you will need in order to help your child.
An experienced attorney can help you determine if the Erb’s palsy was caused by medical malpractice. Our lawyers can help you deal with the aftermath of damage resulting in Erb’s palsy and get you the compensation you deserve for your loved one’s injury. By working with some of the most experienced medical experts, we can help you determine whether the damage was a result of medical malpractice.