Brooklyn Erb’s Palsy Attorney
Does Your Child Have Erb’s Palsy Due to Malpractice?
Erb’s palsy is a medical condition that develops during the delivery
of a child. Erb’s palsy is a serious medical condition that will
affect a child for the rest of his or her life. If your child developed
Erb’s palsy at birth as the result of medical negligence, you may
be able to bring a claim for pain and suffering on your child’s
behalf. You should contact a Brooklyn Erb’s palsy attorney as soon
as possible to discuss a potential lawsuit.
What Is Erb's palsy?
Erb’s palsy is a partial or complete paralysis of the arm. It is
almost always caused by
trauma during the birth and delivery process. The most common cause is a problem with birth called
shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia happens when an infant’s shoulders,
neck, and head become lodged in the birth canal. This causes pressure
on the brachial plexus nerve group, which then leads to paralysis and
problems with the development of motor control in the arm. If your child
suffered shoulder dystocia during delivery and later developed Erb’s
palsy, you may have a case against a negligence obstetrician.
contact Belushin Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your child’s case.
Symptoms of Erb's Palsy
Symptoms of Erb’s palsy include loss of sensation, paralysis, and
muscle degeneration in the arm. Because Erb’s palsy often occurs
during birth, development of the child’s arm will most likely also
be affected. The paralysis in some children goes away in the weeks and
months after birth. Other children require extensive physical therapy
or surgery to attempt to alleviate their symptoms. For many children who
suffer from Erb’s palsy, the sensation in their arm may improve,
but is never fully functional.
Who is liable for causing Erb's palsy to occur during childbirth?
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or other medical staff person acts in a way that
falls below the standards of care for their profession. This negligence
can often cause injury or death to the patient. In the birth process,
there are many medical decisions that need to be made in a short amount
of time. Erb’s palsy and other
birth injuries can be caused when a doctor unnecessarily delays their decision or makes
the wrong decision.
Erb’s palsy, in particular, is caused by excessive pressure on the
child’s neck and arm during birth. This can be caused by an obstetrician
pulling on the child to extract the child from the birth canal in a manner
that injures the child permanently. If this has happened to your infant,
you should speak with one of the experienced Brooklyn injury attorneys
at Belushin Law Firm.
If your child has suffered a personal injury during the birth process and
you would like to know more about Brooklyn medical malpractice birth injury
law, call Belushin Law Firm for your
free initial case consultation.