Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: Erb’s Palsy

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4th May 2017

Erbs-PalsyWhat is Erb’s Palsy and why do people often sue over it? Erb’s palsy happens during birth– it’s a disorder that often results in weakness of the arm of a baby or in worse cases paralysis. In properly conducted births, this does not occur because it usually only occurs as a result of malpractice.

If your baby is suffering from this condition as a result of negligence, you need to consult a medical malpractice attorney. 

Erb’s Palsy has been the driving force behind a number of medical malpractice suits, and the number is not likely to stop climbing anytime soon. It happens as a result of a stretch injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that branches out with the nerves of the arm. It’s located close to the neck and the nerves control proper movement of the limbs and hands as well as controlling feeling to the arms, the hands, and the fingers. With Erb’s Palsy, all of this is impaired.

The trouble with this condition is that it is often devastating because it doesn’t need to happen. This is not something that babies are born with; it is most often a direct result of a doctor or midwife failing to deliver the reasonable medical care and service that would normally be administered. Treatment for this palsy can take months and even require surgery in order to attempt to restore the functions of the arm that was affected.

As you can imagine, going through all of this can be particularly distressing to the parents of the infant. It can be even tougher to wrestle with your thoughts about this situation. When their infant develops Erb’s Palsy when it was avoidable, it can be difficult to come to terms with what occurred. It could be too much force used to pull them through the birth canal or misuse or mistakes using medical equipment during complex deliveries, or even waiting too long to do a c-section birth.

No matter what occurred, if your baby is affected as a result of medical malpractice, you have legal options available to you. Sometimes the effect of this palsy will be resolved on their own, but that is a best case scenario. Many infants go on to require treatments, therapy, and surgery. That means lots of medical bills, each costing quite a bit– and often more than many families are able to afford. If you file a suit you may be able to get the compensation for what you have been through, what your child has been through, pain and suffering, and medical costs.

If you believe that your baby developed Erb’s Palsy as a result of the negligence on the part of a medical professional, don’t hesitate to reach out for legal guidance. Whether it’s carelessness, intoxication, poor judgment or something else, negligence is negligence. Consult a qualified attorney at The Law Offices of Payas, Payas, and Payas today to see whether you may have a case when it comes to your baby and their Erb’s Palsy. Call today to make an appointment for a consultation.

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