When you give birth, you expect the labor and delivery team assisting with the procedure to provide a certain standard of care. You expect your doctor to monitor you and your child’s vital signs, guide you through the birth process, and use safe birthing techniques to deliver your child safely. Unfortunately, many birth injuries can occur due to the negligence of medical professionals — including Erb’s palsy.
The nerve damage from Erb’s palsy can greatly impact your child’s life. If your child developed this condition during the labor and delivery process, the birth injury lawyers at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can help.
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- Our firm provides one-on-one support throughout your case, informing you of every important update and answering any questions you may have.
- Over our years of litigation experience, we have represented hundreds of malpractice victims — as well as insurance companies, nursing homes, and medical professionals. This experience allows us to provide a unique perspective to your case.
- To limit your out of pocket costs, we operate on a contingency fee basis. We will only collect legal fees unless we secure a settlement on your behalf.
What Is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy, also known as brachial plexus injury, can result in permanent nerve damage and severe pain. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves that helps send messages between your spinal cord and your arm, shoulder, and hand. When an obstetrician uses improper birthing techniques, the brachial plexus can stretch, twist, and tear — resulting in serious damage.
Many acts of negligence can contribute to Erb’s palsy, including the following.
- The obstetrician fails to recognize that a child’s shoulder is stuck behind his or her mother’s public bone and continues to pull him or her out of the birth canal, resulting in serious damage.
- The obstetrician used improper head maneuvers to pull the child from the birth canal, resulting in the nerves in the baby’s neck stretching and tearing.
- The obstetrician fails to recognize that a child is much larger than the birth canal and fails to take appropriate precautions.
- The child is in breech and the obstetrician pulls the child by the feet out of the birth canal, resulting in a dislocated shoulder and brachial plexus damage.
Your child may develop weakness in the arm and experience difficulty moving it, as well as a loss of feeling in the arm. While most children will regain movement and feeling after sustaining a brachial plexus injury, this condition can result in permanent paralysis.
Compensation for Erb’s Palsy Victims
If a medical professional’s negligence is responsible for your child’s injuries, you have the right to claim compensation from the at-fault party. A medical malpractice lawsuit allows you to collect funds for the physical, financial, and emotional related to your child’s Erb’s palsy and his or her necessary treatment.
Some of the most common types of compensation for Erb’s palsy victims include the following.
- Physical therapy
- Hospitalizations and surgeries
- Routine doctor’s visits
- Prescription medications
- Transportation to and from medical appointments
- Disability accommodations
- All future medical expenses
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
At Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet, we understand how painful it can be to watch your child suffer from Erb’s palsy. That’s why we advocate aggressively for the rights of children injured by negligent medical professionals — fighting for maximum compensation throughout the litigation process.