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Erb’s palsy is a condition affecting the brachial plexus nerves that travel from the spine through the neck and shoulder. Also known as brachial plexus palsy or shoulder dystocia, these injuries result from damage to the network of nerves that control movement in the shoulder, arm, and hand. As such, children born with brachial plexus or Erb’s palsy can suffer severe limitations in their lives, including partial or total paralysis.

Because most injuries to the brachial plexus occur during birth, it is important for parents and families to investigate whether medical malpractice played a role in causing their child’s injuries. When a medical professional’s negligence did lead to preventable injuries, victims have the right to take legal action and seek a financial recovery of their damages, including the costs of past and future medical expenses, lost income, emotional injuries, and more.

Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. is a widely recognized personal injury and medical malpractice law firm that has established a reputation for handling challenging cases, including cases involving birth injuries that have life-altering repercussions on the lives of children and their families. By placing your trust in our proven team, you can pursue a birth injury lawsuit against the negligent health care provider responsible for your damages and work to secure the justice and compensation you deserve.

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What Causes Brachial Plexus Injuries?

When it comes to medical malpractice and preventable birth injuries, there are several ways negligence can cause brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s palsy. These include:

  • Excessive pressure during labor, including issues caused by excessive or improper use of labor inducing drugs
  • Improperly used forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Negligent delivery of the baby, including forcing the baby through the birth canal
  • Failures to identify complications
  • Failures to perform a C-section

While brachial plexus injuries can be treated effectively in less severe cases, babies who suffer more serious injuries can be left with permanent weakness or paralysis of the affected shoulder and arms. This can lead to a lifetime of challenges, as well as limitations on their quality and enjoyment of life and ability to maintain gainful employment.

Medical Duty of Care

Medical professionals have a legal obligation to treat patients according to accepted medical standards. Failures to identify complications, perform intervention treatment, or provide care that a reasonable and skilled health care provider would provide under similar circumstances is a failure to uphold this legal obligation.

When medical professionals fail to uphold their duty of care and injuries like Erb’s palsy as a result, they can and should be held accountable. By pursuing civil lawsuits against negligent parties, victims can work to prove not only that negligence led their injuries, but also that those at-fault parties should provide compensation for the damages they incur, both in the past and as a child ages.

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Protecting your rights after a preventable birth injury begins with consulting proven and experienced lawyers who can help you identify whether you might have a potential case, as well as how negligence may have played a role in causing your child’s injuries. At Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C., our attorneys have accumulated extensive insight handling cases of medical malpractice, and can harness our resources when fighting powerful health care providers and medical insurance companies that only want to limit victims’ payouts.

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