About one out of every 1,000 babies is born with Erb’s Palsy. During the birthing process, the doctor will stretch the infant’s neck too far to one side during delivery, causing the brachial plexus nerves to be damaged in the shoulder. In turn, the baby’s arm will be weak, or in the worst case, become paralyzed. The most common sign of Erb’s Palsy will be that the infant is not moving his or her arm, but nerve damage might be hard to diagnose until the toddler stage of life. If this birth injury is diagnosed as quickly as possible, it can be treated effectively.
If you feel that your physician has acted in a negligent manner causing your baby to suffer from the birth injury, Erb’s Palsy, contact us here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith – birth trauma attorneys from Baltimore, Maryland.
Hiring legal counsel is imperative for Erb’s Palsy cases. Erb’s Palsy is entirely preventable if a physician does not deviate from the standard medical procedures, and intervenes appropriately if there is any difficulty delivering during childbirth.
Some of the most common reasons that lead to an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis include
- Forceful pulling on the baby’s arms
- Failure to perform an emergency c-section
- Improper use of birthing tools – forceps or vacuum extraction tools
- Inability to monitor fetal distress
- Baby is too large, and doctor has failed to monitor growth throughout pregnancy
It’s difficult for parents to know if any of the above actions may have occurred. Our team of birth defect attorneys (that are also trained medical doctors) will be able to determine how the infant’s injury happened, and if it’s grounds for an Erb’s Palsy lawsuit.
For a mother, giving birth to a child should be the best day of her life. In the unfortunate situation where proper childbirth procedures were not followed, causing injury to your baby, you want an experienced legal team on your side. The burden of proof for an Erb’s Palsy case can sometimes be complicated, but we will assess your case and get you the compensation you deserve!
One of our lawyers is available to assess your case on an individual basis free of charge. Please give us a call or visit our website for more information http://www.cerebralpalsylawdoctor.com/.