Erb’s Palsy Lawyers
At Duffy & Duffy, our Erb’s palsy lawyers see all types of birth injures. Erb’s palsy is a birth injury caused by trauma to the brachial plexus of a child, which is the nerves surrounding the shoulder. Erb’s palsy can have lifelong consequences for both the child and family.
What is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy can arise in children who have had a difficult delivery. During childbirth, pulling and stretching of the brachial plexus can occur. Damage to these nerves can lead to paralysis or weakness of the shoulder, arm and hand.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Any pulling and straining of the brachial nerves puts a child at risk for Erb’s palsy. A breech birth can cause the problem as well, because of the position of the baby’s arms. Erb’s palsy lawyers often find that medical malpractice can cause this injury. Importantly, if the physician takes note of this potential problem, there are specific techniques he or she can employ to ensure that this injury does not occur.
Complications Associated with Erb’s Palsy
Thankfully, some Erb’s palsy injuries heal within six to twelve months. In other instances, the intense stretching traumatizes the nerve, potentially causing scar tissue to accumulate at the injury site, affecting healthy nerves. In this situation, recovery is not complete. In extreme cases with the tearing of nerves from the spinal column (avulsion), paralysis and permanent impairment may result.
Why You Need an Experienced Erb’s Palsy Lawyer
Medical malpractice is a highly specialized field. It is important to contact a law firm you can trust. At Duffy & Duffy, we are passionate about helping our clients obtain justice, and receive the compensation they deserve.
Our lawyers understand Erb’s palsy, the pain your family is suffering, and can speak with you and determine if you have a medical malpractice or medical negligence case. If we believe you have a valid case, we will guide you through the legal process to help you secure the compensation your child deserves.