Filing a Malpractice Claim for Erb's Palsy
Legal Guidance from Our Iowa Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you feel there was lack of skill or potential medical errors made during
the birth of your child that caused his or her Erb's Palsy, contact
Iowa medical malpractice attorney to help you evaluate your case for potential compensation for your losses. At
McGuire Law, PLC, we offer our services throughout the state of Iowa. We serve areas such
as Mason City, Des Moines, Davenport, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids, among
Schedule your case evaluation with McGuire Law, PLC!
Understanding Your Child's Condition
Erb's Palsy is a condition that is caused due to damage to the network
of nerves that connect the fingers, hands and arms to the spine. This
network of nerves is medically known as the
brachial plexus. Approximately 1 out of every 500 babies is born with Erb's palsy.
This birth injury can occur during childbirth if too much force is used
on the head of the baby in such cases as a breech birth, a large baby
or a lengthy delivery process.
This condition will manifest itself immediately after birth, with restricted
movement in whichever arm was affected or inability to move it at all.
A droopy eyelid on the same injured side can also result. Fortunately,
most babies recover from this on their own, but about 10% of children
will require surgery to repair the nerves.
Symptoms of Erb's Palsy
Some of the symptoms of Erb's Palsy include the newborn not being able
to move the upper or lower portion of their arm or hand, the arm bent
at the elbow and held against the child's body, and a decreased ability
to grip on the affected side. In most cases the symptoms of Erb's
Palsy can be observed immediately following the birth, or shortly there
Fortunately brachial plexus injuries are less common these days since modern
delivery techniques have improved in recent years. In cases where the
baby is unusually large, or when the mother's pelvis is particularly
small for a vaginal delivery, a cesarean may be used where there are concerns
over a difficult delivery. While a C-section delivery can definitely reduce
the risk of a brachial plexus injury, it cannot eliminate the risk, nor
can it prevent it from occurring. The infant's head and neck can still
be pulled and the nerves damaged while the baby is being delivered via
Expectations after a Brachial Plexus Injury
Fortunately, the majority of babies will recover from their brachial plexus
injury within three to six months after delivery; however, a small percentage
of babies will not recover, and those will have a poor outlook. In serious
cases there may have been a separation of the nerve root from the spinal
cord, and this is referred to as avulsion. To date, it's not clear
whether or not surgery will help repair the nerves, and in some cases
doctors will attempt to use nerve transfers or nerve grafts to improve
the problem. Complications can include permanent abnormal muscle contractions,
and partial to permanent paralysis of the affected arm.
Consult with a Birth Injury Lawyer in Iowa - Call (641) 812-2041
When dealing with a birth injury such as Erb's Palsy, a parent may
not know his or her rights or the correct action to take. By meeting with
our caring and compassionate legal staff, we can provide you with the
answers you need to assist you in making a decision on your best course
of action. If your baby required surgery after a difficult birth, you
may be entitled to recover damages not only for your baby's surgery
and medical costs, but also for the pain and suffering both you and your
child went through due to negligence of medical personnel.
McGuire Law, PLC has been helping parents obtain compensation for their
children's birth injuries for many years and has a successful track
record in negotiating substantial settlements. For assistance with your
Erb's Palsy case,
contact our office!