How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help
Although video evidence may help prove that a doctor committed negligence when delivering a child, many people don’t film the birth process, which can make it difficult to build a case. Even without this evidence, a Baton Rouge Erb’s palsy attorney at Bohrer Brady can help prove the extent of the injuries and determine if they resulted from a doctor’s breach of duty.
Our attorneys work with a network of the top researchers and experts on brachial plexus injuries in the country to help build cases for our clients. We have access to medical professionals of all types including pediatric neurologists, pediatric orthopedists, maternal fetal specialists, neonatologists, and OBGYNs, all of whom can help prove negligence. Our team of specialists will be able to help prove that if anywhere from four to six nerve roots sustained damage during delivery, this indicates that the doctor failed to perform his duty in some manner.
Justice is important to us. Our legal team has recovered millions in settlements and judgments for our clients and take pride in being able to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve for pain and suffering, disability damages, and cost of future medical treatments. We diligently fight for our clients so that they can be compensated for damage that has been done to the children that they love and care for.
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What is Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Plexus)?
brachial plexus injury involves injury at birth to the nerves in the body that control the arm and hand that causes weakness and loss of feeling and movement in the shoulder, arm or hand.
An injury to the brachial plexus, also known as Erb’s palsy, is when the clusters of nerves that control the arm and hand are damaged during birth and cause weakness and loss of feeling/movement in the shoulder, arm, or hand. In some cases, the injury results from the child’s shoulder getting trapped in the mother’s pelvis during childbirth, in which the doctor is supposed to perform certain maneuvers to safely remove the child. However, this removal can sometimes cause harm to the child resulting in stretching, tearing, or ripping of the six nerves in the brachial plexus.
Doctors have a duty to maintain the health of both the infant and mother during childbirth, and any negligence or other breach of that duty can cause Erb’s palsy along with other potentially life-altering or life-threatening injuries. Erb’s palsy is particularly harmful because it can result in debilitating disability later in the child’s life.
Pursuing Compensation For A Brachial Plexus Injury
Signs of Erb’s palsy may not be immediately apparent following the child’s birth, and the injury can range from mild to severe in nature, depending on how many nerves sustained damage. The injury often results in immobility or weakness in the upper arm or in both the lower and upper arm. However, the entire arm all the way down to the hand may be affected in extreme cases.
If a doctor diagnoses the child with Erb’s palsy, you can request an MRI, but you won’t be able to determine the exact extent of the damage until a surgical procedure is performed.
Regardless of the circumstances, call the medical malpractice attorneys in Baton Rouge at Bohrer Brady LLC as soon as possible to build a case and seek compensation. Our attorneys can help parents of children with Erb’s palsy recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Disability damages
- Cost of future medical treatments, therapy, and other resultant expenses
Long-Term Impact of Brachial Plexus
Erb’s palsy injuries are temporary in some cases and can heal over time, but others are severe and could cause a permanent disability. If the nerves are damaged and the roots are torn, it will likely cause disability in the long term, even with surgery. Some of the specific long-term consequences of this can include:
- Complete paralysis of the arm down to the hand
- Poor movement
- A sensation of loss throughout the arm
- Chronic pain
Many victims of Erb’s palsy require a lifetime of disability benefits, along with therapy, medical treatment, and other assistance. They will be at a disadvantage in the workforce and may struggle socially along with other problems extending from the injury.
Take Action With A Brachial Plexus Attorney
If your child has sustained brachial plexus injuries and has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy or another birth injury and you suspect a doctor’s negligence was the cause, contact the medical malpractice lawyers in Baton Rouge at Bohrer Brady LLC today for a free consultation.
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