This page will focus on one birth injury that is particularly avoidable – erb’s palsy. If you have a child who suffers from erb’s palsy, it is important to note that in many cases this injury could have been avoided. This means that your doctor might be at fault for your child’s disability. For more information about erb’s palsy and medical malpractice, read on.
Erb’s palsy is a birth injury that is a result of shoulder dystocia. Before I get further into what erb’s palsy is, let’s talk about shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia is another birth injury that happens when a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the birth canal. This delay in the birth canal can have several serious effects, such as erb’s palsy. If shoulder dystocia damages your baby’s brachial plexus (the nerves in the body responsible for hand, arm, and shoulder movement), it can result in erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy occurs when there is damage to the brachial plexus causing paralysis of the arms in your child.
The devastating part about erb’s palsy for most families, is the fact that it is an avoidable birth complication in most cases. Potential shoulder dystocia can now be detected using modern equipment and special training long before you go into labor. This means that erb’s palsy and shoulder dystocia do not have to occur!
If erb’s palsy does occur during birth, it is most likely the fault of your doctor. If you can answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions, you might have a medical malpractice claim:
- Did you tell your doctor during your pregnancy that you are diabetic?
- If you are obese, did your doctor take this into consideration when planning your baby’s delivery?
- Did you receive proper prenatal monitoring during your pregnancy?
- Did your doctor use the modern equipment available to him or her to detect potential issue with the fetus?
If your child has erb’s palsy, the good new is that in some cases, it can be treated. However, treatment for erb’s palsy oftentimes requires expensive and complicated surgery. Who is going to pay for this expensive surgery? If you file a medical malpractice claim and win your case, the doctor responsible for your child’s erb’s palsy will be required to pay for the surgery as compensation.
“Compensation” is a funny concept. How will you ever be compensated for the stress, trauma, and heartache that you have experienced? Luckily, Connecticut offers both economic and non-economic damage recovery to try to make up for your emotional strain, but the best thing that you can do to put this difficult experience behind you is to use the compensation money to pay for medical bills and therapy if you feel it is needed.
Getting that compensation can help you and your family heal. Let me help you win your medical malpractice case by guiding you through the process and giving you the information that you need.