Of the many cases we handle involving medical malpractice, some of the most heart-breaking are cases involving infants. A birth injury can have devastating consequences for the child. The stress and strain, both financial and emotional, on the family is tremendous.
Our firm handles many different types of birth injury cases such as cerebral palsy, paralysis, clavicle fractures, head trauma, brain damage and more. One of the types of injuries that can occur results in Erb’s palsy which results from injury to a set of nerves in the spine, neck and shoulder. This set of nerves is called the brachial plexus and they are vital for everyday functioning of the shoulder, arm and hands. When the brachial plexus injury causes damage to the upper arm, it is referred to as Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is a condition which might not be noticed at birth; a pediatrician may notice the symptoms days after birth. Symptoms include either full or partial paralysis of the arm, an inward turn of the arm, weakness in the arm or limpness.
One or two of very 1000 children are born with this condition. It is caused when, during a difficult delivery, the baby’s neck is stretched severely to the side.
What to do for your child’s future if your Indiana baby is born with Erb’s Palsy
Sometimes, infants recover on their own but it takes a lot of time and money to get the specialized care and treatments in order for your child to have the best chance of a full recovery.
If the Erb’s palsy was caused by medical negligence or improper procedures on the part of the medical team, you should contact us immediately. Our job is to protect the rights of your child and help you get the resources you need to obtain the best care for your child’s injury. This could include surgery and/or physical therapy – neither of which fits easily into existing family budgets. We help you get the compensation you need to provide for the best care of your child if he or she is injured during birth.