Childbirth is usually a joyous process. Unfortunately, five in 1000 children are injured during childbirth. For those who suffer from brachial plexus and Erb’s Palsy, the injuries sustained during birth can escalate into life-long – and completely preventable – disabilities.
Unfortunately, some medical practitioners do not recognize the early warning signs of these conditions and fail to elect a C-section or other procedures while delivering the baby. This mistake can be dangerous. When a child experiences extreme pressure in the birth canal or becomes stuck, their nerves can sustain serious damage. When this affects the brachial plexus, the nerve network in charge of sending messages from the spine to the arm, hand, and shoulder, paralysis, ruptures, and scar tissues can form. This can lead to anything from lifelong paralysis to issues with sensation, motor skills, and muscle control.
Doctors should check for signs of possible brachial plexus/Erb’s Palsy before childbirth. These include significant maternal weight gain, large birth weight, small or short mother, malformed pelvis, or prior history of Erb’s or shoulder dystocia delivery. When a doctor fails to see the signs and makes the wrong decisions, they can be held responsible and sued in civil court for medical damages related to the treatment and ongoing care of the child, who may be unable to participate in normal life activities due to their injury.
If your child has been born with Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus, you’re probably feeling scared, angry, and stressed. However, you have legal rights. You can take the doctor to task for his negligent actions. Doing so could save others. At Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, we’re passionate about the rights of our clients. That’s why we’ve obtained over 100 $1 million or more verdicts on behalf of our clients – and our skilled, compassionate staff is ready to help you. Has your child been born with Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus? Don’t wait another minute to act – your time to file could be limited.
Call our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP today for more information and a free, confidential case consultation.