Erb's Palsy: Exploring the Link Between Birth Injuries and Medical Negligence

Close up photo of a newborn's feet in a hospital.

The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion, but unfortunately, things can go wrong. One of the most devastating outcomes of a difficult birth is a birth injury known as Erb's Palsy. This condition can cause long-term physical and emotional trauma for both the child and the family.

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb's Palsy is caused by damage to the nerves that control the arm and hand, and it usually occurs during a difficult or traumatic birth.

How Does Medical Negligence Cause Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy can result from excessive pulling or stretching of the baby's shoulder during delivery, which can occur when the baby's head and neck are pulled in one direction while the shoulder is pulled in the opposite direction. The condition can also be caused by improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery.

Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

The symptoms of Erb's Palsy can range from mild weakness or numbness of the affected arm to complete paralysis. In severe cases, the child may require surgery or long-term physical therapy.

The emotional toll can be just as significant, as the child may struggle to perform everyday tasks with one arm and may even face social isolation and bullying.

Pursuing a Medical Malpractice Claim

If you suspect that your child's Erb's Palsy was caused by medical negligence during delivery, it is important to seek legal advice. Pursuing a medical malpractice claim can help you obtain compensation for your child's medical bills, ongoing care needs, and pain and suffering. An experienced attorney can help you gather evidence, build a strong case, and navigate the complex legal system.

Taking legal action can not only provide financial relief but also prevent similar injuries from occurring to other families in the future.

Albuquerque Birth Injury Lawyers

At Curtis & Co., we have a long history of representing children, parents, and families who have suffered the devastating, life-altering effects of a birth injury.

No matter how serious or complex your case may be, you can count on our team to advocate for you throughout the entire legal process. We understand the enormous tragedy that has affected your family, and we want to help you hold the liable parties accountable for the pain, suffering, and trauma they have caused.

Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with a member of our team by calling us at (505) 871-3740 or by submitting a secure contact form through our website.

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