A previous post on this blog talked about Erb's palsy and its causes. To review, this condition, in its most severe forms, can leave a newborn unable to move his or her arm fully for the rest of his or her life, even with corrective surgery and treatment. The biggest problem with this condition, though, is that it can be prevented with the proper care and caution from the baby's labor and delivery team.
Parents may not know exactly what do or where to turn after this type of birth injury. While money cannot ever fully remedy the situation, it is important for parents who have to care for an infant with Erb's palsy to know that they have legal options.
For instance, the professionals at our law office can assist them with determining whether the child's condition was caused by medical malpractice, and, if malpractice did play a role, with filing the necessary insurance claims and legal paperwork. We will also help parents pursue their claims on behalf of their child so they can seek compensation for things like medical bills, lost opportunities and the pain and suffering of the child, as well as the parents' own emotional trauma from the incident.
Doctors and other medical professionals for a variety of reasons are not likely to come out and admit that they were negligent in what they did for a patient, and they may be even less likely to agree to pay all of the compensation that a family recovering from a birth injury is truly owed. We therefore work hard to advocate for our clients' interests in order to hold those who caused their child's injuries fully accountable.