Erb’s Palsy Attorneys in Philadelphia
If Your Baby Suffered an Injury During Childbirth, Our Team Is Ready to Help You Make a Claim
As new parents, you know just how easily an infant can be hurt. Gentle and supportive care is necessary to keep your baby healthy. Sometimes, a doctor’s negligence during childbirth can injure your newborn before you even have a chance to welcome them to the world. Finding yourself in this position is incredibly difficult. You always want the best for your baby, but what if you don’t even have a chance to make sure they get it?
The good news is, most cases of Erb’s palsy are fully treatable so long as your baby receives timely help. While medical care can be expensive, we don’t want that to be a barrier to your child receiving the treatment they need. Our law firm has helped many families file birth injury claims on behalf of children who have suffered in the same way yours has.
We may be able to help you recover expenses including:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Pain & suffering
Especially when your child is diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, it’s important to get help as soon as you can. If you’re not sure what your next steps should be, reach out to The Beasley Firm. We are happy to advise you on your legal options and help you make a plan to take care of your child and your family.
The Beasley Firm has recovered over $2 billion for our clients. Ask us how we can maximize your settlement—call (215) 866-2424 to schedule a free consultation today.
Erb’s Palsy and Your Baby
Erb’s palsy is one of the most common birth injuries, occurring in as many as 2.6 of every 1,000 live births. When the brachial plexus (the group of nerves that connect the neck and the arm) is stretched or torn during childbirth, Erb’s palsy is one of the conditions that may result.
Thankfully, most cases do not cause permanent disability if the baby receives prompt treatment. It’s important to contact your doctor if you notice any of the symptoms of the condition, such as:
- Lack of sensation in one arm
- Paralysis in the upper arm
- Inability to bend the arm at the elbow
- Unusual rotation of the arm so the forearm and palm face outward
Though a doctor can usually diagnose the condition after simply observing the symptoms, an MRI can provide confirmation the brachial plexus was injured.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Though baby and mother may have factors that increase the risk of the child sustaining an injury during birth, it is ultimately up to your care team to ensure labor and delivery go smoothly. Your doctor should be prepared for the possibility of complications and be ready to act to ensure your health and that of your child.
Erb’s palsy is often caused by:
- Vacuum delivery
- Forceps-assisted delivery
- Cesarean sections (c-sections)
Doctors know the risks inherent to intervention during labor and must act with all necessary care, even when the situation is challenging. When they make poor or rushed decisions that result in injury, they can be held liable for related expenses and hardship to your family.
Caring for a Baby with Brachial Plexus Injury
Your child’s prognosis and needs will depend on the severity of the injury:
- Neuropraxic injury is the least serious and should heal correctly on its own.
- Axonometric injury consists of damage to the axons and myelin sheaths of the nerves. This condition may take months to heal and your baby will likely need treatment including (but not limited to) physiotherapy.
- Neurometric injury is caused when the roots of the nerves tear away from the spinal cord. Your child will likely need treatment including surgery and physiotherapy. Sadly, in some cases, the damage will be permanent, meaning your child may need lifelong help.
If treatment begins within the first 4 weeks of your baby’s life, they are likely to recover within the year. If corrective measures are not taken by the time they reach 18-24 months of age, the injury will be permanent. This means you don’t want to wait to speak to an attorney if your child has been injured. Call us now to see how we can help you.
We Want Your Family to Thrive
As parents ourselves, we know how rewarding it is to raise children—despite the occasional challenges. We want to make sure your family has all the resources necessary to provide the treatment your child needs now so they can flourish later. Our attorneys can help you create a legal plan and advise you on steps you should take to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.
There are multiple treatment methods available for Erb’s palsy, and your child’s care team may consist of multiple specialists across various related disciplines. Keeping track of every detail would be difficult enough even if your baby’s health wasn’t at stake. We work with a team of doctors and nurses to identify your child’s needs so we can account for them in your claim. Then, we follow along with your baby’s care, gathering the evidence to support your case. In fact, we take care of most of the filing process on our own, so you can focus on helping your baby heal.
Birth injuries can be terrifying, but you are not alone in this. Our experienced team can provide the support you and your family need.