Iowa Erb's Palsy Attorneys
When your child holds one of their arms against their body or the arm doesn’t extend down properly, this is a reason for concern. Improper birthing techniques cause a type of nerve damage known as Erb’s palsy, which makes a baby’s arm hang down in an unnatural manner.
Erb’s palsy may cause serious long-term harm, and babies that suffer from Erb’s palsy require medical intervention. If a child suffers from Erb’s palsy, it’s crucial they receive the correct diagnosis and immediate treatment.
There is a well-established set of procedures that delivery room doctors must follow to protect the health of a child. When these standards are not met, it may result in serious birth injuries that can have a devastating impact on the child’s life for years to come.
If you notice signs of Erb’s palsy in your child, contact the experienced Iowa medical malpractice attorneys at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. We’ll conduct a thorough investigation and take the appropriate legal action. Our firm has won record-breaking settlements for our clients.
Call (877) 433-3906 to learn more today.
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that begins in your child’s shoulder and passes down through the arm. If the child’s shoulder is stretched during childbirth, it may harm the brachial plexus, causing Erb’s palsy, a nerve condition that impairs the shoulder, arm, hands, and fingers.
Erb’s palsy has these symptoms:
- Moving the arm is painful
- Difficulty grasping objects
- The arm isn’t growing properly
- Feeling is reduced
- The arm doesn’t hang down naturally
- The child holds the arm against their body
- There’s a lack of strength in the arm, hand, and fingers
- The arm, hand, and shoulder have a limited range of motion
It’s the hospital’s responsibility to ensure that your OB/GYN is a highly qualified doctor with the right skills and training to lead the delivery team. If the OB/GYN deviates from accepted medical practices, it causes a breach in the standard of care that doctors are required to uphold.
Medical malpractice occurs when a physician or midwife fails to meet the prescribed standard of care, resulting in an injury to your child. Hospitals and other medical professionals can also be held liable for medical malpractice.
Your child’s Erb’s palsy may be the result of substandard delivery room care, which can include:
- Excessive force. When the child becomes lodged against the mother’s pelvic bone, it’s called shoulder dystocia. The baby may be harmed if the doctor reacts to this situation by inappropriately tugging on its arm.
- Failure to order a C-section. If the doctor is having difficulty removing the child from the mother’s pelvis, a C-section may be required. In cases where the doctor knows in advance that it will be a breech delivery, scheduling a C-section reduces the risk of birth injury.
- Improper use of forceps. This device is shaped like a large pair of scissors that’s clamped to the baby’s head to assist with delivery. Forceps should only be utilized with extreme caution by a practitioner who is fully trained in their use.
- Improper use of vacuum extraction. Shoulder dystocia is more likely to occur when vacuum extraction is used. This technology requires proper training and careful application.
If your child was harmed due to medical malpractice, our investigators will use all available tools to uncover the truth. Hospitals do everything they can to protect themselves against liability, and hospital employees will automatically close ranks to prevent anyone from finding out what really happened.
Our team will question everyone involved with your child’s delivery and the treatment they received. We’ll subpoena relevant documents, and our investigators will examine the following:
- Witness interviews
- Official hospital policies
- Medical records
- Employment histories
- Expert testimony
- Internal hospital memoranda and communications
The Iowa birth injury lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. work with medical experts who know how to tell the jury what happened in a way they can understand. We’ll build a strong case and file a claim to help you get the resources you need to help your child.
Birth injuries such as Erb’s palsy cause astronomical medical costs and other expenses for the victim’s family. Parents are often required to quit work to care for their child. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. will file a claim based on the true cost of your expenses. If the other side isn’t willing to make a reasonable offer, we are always prepared to take them to court.
An Erb’s palsy medical malpractice claim includes the following types of damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices
- Time missed from work
- Occupational therapy
- Reduced quality of life
- Assisted living care
- Loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we help people rebuild their lives when carelessness results in tragedy. If your child was harmed due to a medical error, you should not have to pay for your medical bills or other related expenses.
Call (877) 433-3906 to schedule an initial consultation with us at no charge.