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Erb’s palsy is a birth injury that affects about one to two out of every 1,000 babies born in the United States. A form of brachial plexus palsy, the condition is caused when an infant’s neck is stretched to the side during delivery, damaging nerves. The condition affects movement in the infant’s shoulder, arm, or hand, and sometimes causes paralysis of the entire limb.
Many cases can be attributed to negligence on the part of a doctor or other healthcare provider.
If your baby has suffered an injury, a dedicated Erb's palsy attorney at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC in Utah can provide the legal counsel you deserve. Please contact us to set up a consultation and discuss your case.
Cause of Erb's Palsy
Depending on the severity of the injury, some cases will resolve on their own, while others can be treated with physical or occupational therapy.
This type of nerve injury usually occurs during a difficult birth, when the baby is large or in breech position. If complications occur and a quick delivery is necessary, force is sometimes applied to pull the infant from the birth canal. In the process, the baby’s shoulder can get caught behind the mother’s pelvic bone. Shoulder dystocia causes compression, stretching, or tearing of the brachial plexus nerves, resulting in damage to the surrounding tissue. An infant with Erb’s palsy may not be able to move their shoulder or hand, or the arm can be paralyzed. A period of three to 24 months is expected for recovery in these cases. Babies with severe injuries may benefit from surgical procedures, but some will lose partial or full use of their arm.
Unlike some smaller firms, we never rush to settle when it is not in our client’s best interest, and we are always ready to go to trial, if necessary. Younker Hyde MacFarlane
Understanding the Role of Medical Malpractice
Not all birth injuries are preventable, but in some cases, a mistake on the part of a doctor either causes or contributes to these types of birth injuries. Negligent healthcare may be to blame if proper procedures were not undertaken to prevent shoulder dystocia. Excessive lateral traction may have been applied to the baby’s neck. In some cases, the fetus’ size and weight were improperly estimated, and although a Cesarean (C-section) delivery was advisable, it was not recommended.
If your baby suffers from Erb’s palsy, you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice case. If negligence occurred, your family deserves reimbursement for medical bills and lost wages, and your baby may benefit from compensation for future losses.
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Our highly qualified attorneys are dedicated to helping plaintiffs and can work tirelessly to represent your best interests in a personal injury or medical malpractice case.
We attain substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients because we have the knowledge, resources, and determination to seek justice for victims.
Unlike some smaller firms, we never rush to settle when it is not in our client’s best interest, and we are always ready to go to trial, if necessary. Before devoting his career to helping victims, Norman Younker, of counsel, practiced as a defense attorney representing doctors and medical facilities.
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If your family has been impacted by Erb’s palsy or another birth injury, seek representation from a law firm that achieves results. Your attorney's fees will be paid by your settlement or verdict, so there is no need to worry about legal bills. To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call us at (801) 335-6467.