Baltimore Erb’s Palsy Lawyers
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Before, during, and immediately following delivery are some of the most crucial moments in a baby’s life. Anything and everything a medical professional does, or fails to do, during these moments can have lasting and permanent effects for you and your child, which is why it is so vital that doctors and nurses are especially careful when dealing with a pregnant woman and her newborn child. Sadly, instances of negligence still occur that can cause serious debilitating conditions like Erb's palsy.
If your child was diagnosed with Erb's palsy, you should contact an experienced birth injury lawyer immediately to determine whether or not medical negligence is to blame.
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What is Erb's Palsy?
Erb’s palsy, also known as Erb-Duchenne palsy, is a condition that is typically caused by a brachial plexus injury, such as when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone during the course of labor and delivery, and involves permanent damage to the nerves in the baby’s shoulder, arm, wrist, hand and fingers.
If not timely recognized by doctors and nurses, and treated properly, a baby’s nerves can be stretched and permanently damaged during delivery.
What Causes Erb’s Palsy?
When a child is born, their delicate neck and shoulder area must pass through the cervix, and any pressure on the brachial plexus – or neck nerves – can cause those nerves to rupture or bruise. In some cases, a brachial plexus injury may be inevitable, and doctors may not be able to limit the impact on your child.
However, the vast majority of cases are caused by physical injury throughout the delivery process.
Some of the most common causes of Erb's palsy include:
- Poor angling of the baby through the birth canal. Prior to labor, the unborn baby moves down through the uterus in preparation to leave the body. Some infants may become tangled in the process, and the arms can pass over the head as the infant exits the womb. In these cases, a skilled physician should be actively working to mitigate the risk of nerve damage, by exercising medical maneuvers and checking scans.
- Stretching of the arms during a breech birth. When a baby is delivered in a breech presentation, the doctor may need to pull them out by the legs. If done incorrectly, the arms may extend over the child’s head during labor, causing the brachial plexus nerves to tear or stretch.
- Incorrect use of forceps during delivery. Forceps and vacuum extraction tools can be dangerous, and although they’ve saved many lives in difficult labor situations, they must be handled with care. Using forceps may result in brachial plexus injury or shoulder dystocia.
Can Erb's Palsy Be Prevented?
Not every instance of Erb's palsy is caused because of a doctor or nurse's negligence. However, many cases of Erb's palsy could have been prevented if the attending physican properly identified and treated known risks of Erb's palsy, including:
- Mother has narrow hips or small pubic bone.
- Large sized or overweight baby.
- Use of forceps, vacuum or other delivery tools.
- Mother is diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
- Prolonged labor.
Your attending physican and medical staff have a duty to properly assess all risks and respond appropriately in a timely manner. If you believe your doctor failed in their duty to you and your baby, contact our Baltimore Erb's palsy lawyers!
Contact Our Experienced Team Today
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, our attorneys at Brown & Barron, LLC want to fight on your behalf for the compensation your child deserves. We will thoroughly investigate your case, in order to determine whether or not your child’s injury was caused by negligence or malpractice.
Our experienced and trusted legal team is determined to help devastated parents of children suffering from birth injuries obtain the compensation they deserve--don't face this difficult and stressful time without our help and support.
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