What are my legal options if my child suffers from Erb’s palsy?
If your infant suffered this debilitating birth injury during delivery from the negligence of the doctor or hospital staff, you may be able to seek compensation for your child’s injuries. At McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A., our Erb’s palsy lawyers in Columbia, South Carolina, and throughout the state are prepared to handle your case.
What is Erb’s palsy?
Erb’s palsy is paralysis or weakness of the arm often seen in newborns who have had a difficult delivery. Erb’s palsy is classified as a brachial plexus paralysis. The brachial plexus is a set of nerves that originate in the neck and shoulders and control the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. When these nerves are damaged, the infant will suffer from Erb’s palsy.
What causes Erb’s palsy?
In infants, Erb’s Palsy is one type of birth injury that can result from medical error during delivery. Breach births, shoulder dystocia, prolonged labor, and large birth weight can all contribute to damaging the brachial plexus during birth. Erb’s palsy is caused by stretching the nerves in the shoulder, which can happen if the doctor pulls the infant’s head to the side as the shoulders emerge. When pursuing your case, our Erb’s palsy lawyers will enlist experts to prove the cause of harm to your child.
What are the symptoms of Erb’s palsy?
Erb’s palsy may partially or fully paralyze the baby’s affected arm. The infant may not be able to move her arm, wrist, or hand or may have no feeling in the arm or hand. Limpness in the arm or hand and lack of control in the same area can also indicate Erb’s palsy. Diagnosing Erb’s palsy early is important to your child’s recovery and will help our Erb’s palsy lawyers build a case for your financial recovery.
Is Erb’s palsy preventable?
Many times, yes. Erb’s palsy can occur naturally, but this personal injury is often the result of a medical error in the delivery room. If the doctor used forceps too aggressively during delivery or allowed a prolonged delivery, he may have committed medical malpractice. Our Erb’s palsy lawyers can help you seek compensation for the injury that your child suffered.
How is Erb’s palsy treated?
Treatment for Erb’s palsy consists of time and therapy. If that will not be effective, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair the damaged nerves. Erb’s palsy can have lifelong effects. The child’s arm may not develop equally to the unaffected arm. Poor circulation, diminished muscle tissue, and diminished sensation may all affect the area. Arthritis may develop if the condition is not treated early.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy and you believe the condition was a result of a medical error, please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates to speak with one of our Erb’s palsy lawyers in the Columbia, South Carolina, area.