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Erb’s palsy is a birth injury that too many children in this country suffer from after a careless delivery doctor or other medical professional used excessive force during the birthing process. Known as a type of brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy results when the nerves connecting the shoulder to the spine are severely and permanently damaged, usually a result of tugging or vigorous pulling on the infant.
This type of birth injury is not only highly disabling and difficult to deal with, it can be very expensive to treat as well. Parents of children who have been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy may want to seriously consider hiring an experienced law firm like Chávez Law Group to investigate suspicion of medical malpractice.
The Disabling Effects of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is diagnosed after paralysis is discovered in a child’s arm, resulting from injury to the nerves of the shoulder. In some cases, paralysis is not present, but pain is persistent and movement may be restricted due to soreness. For some children, the paralysis affects only a portion of the arm, but others with more severe nerve damage may have to deal with full paralysis in their extremity. Like many other birth injuries, the effects of Erb’s palsy are usually permanent. As they grow and develop, Erb’s palsy children must learn to adapt to life with a disability.
Fighting for Fair Compensation
Medical malpractice laws are in place at both state and federal levels in order to protect victims of medical negligence from a lifetime of suffering. Under the laws, parents or guardians of children suspected of contracting Erb’s palsy due to a medical mistake may file a claim against the physician, hospital, nurse, or other party involved in labor and delivery. If negligence is discovered, the negligent professional or hospital’s insurance company may be ordered to pay a significant settlement, which will help the victim’s family afford the high cost of treatment, adaptive equipment, home modifications for disability, psychological counseling, lost income, and other expenses resulting from the injury.
You don’t have to suffer through the devastating effects of Erb’s palsy alone. The lawyers at Chávez Law Group have handled many medical malpractice cases involving brachial plexus injuries, and we have a strong network of medical experts and investigators that can investigate your claim. If you suspect medical negligence caused your child’s Erb’s palsy, please contact the exceptional legal team at Chávez Law Group today for a personal consultation.