The birth of a child is usually a time of joy and celebration for family and friends of the new parents. However, if something goes wrong during the delivery process, this joy can turn to confusion over what happened, sorrow, anger, and ultimately enormous medical expenses to care for the injured newborn. Erb’s palsy (also known as brachial plexus palsy) is a birth injury caused by trauma to an unborn child. Erb’s palsy often leads to loss of control and/or sensation in the neck, shoulders, hands, and arm. When medical malpractice is involved, it usually occurs during delivery, when the child’s shoulder gets stuck under the mother’s pubic bone and the person delivering the baby uses excessive force to dislodge the shoulder.
If the child born to you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, the Oklahoma birth injury lawyers at Hasbrook & Hasbrook may be able to obtain compensation for the child’s injuries.
Not all birth injuries, including Erb’s palsy, are the result negligence on the part of medical professionals. Oftentimes, however, they are. Doctors, emergency technicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, and others do make mistakes. In some cases, the actions taken were reckless, impaired by lack of sleep, alcohol and/or drug abuse, or other negligent acts. Some of the more common acts of negligence involved in Erb’s palsy cases include:
- Improper birth techniques
- Excessive force in removing a baby from the birth canal or handling a baby’s delicate skull
- Failure to correct apnea
- Oxygen deprivation
- Failure to take appropriate measures if complications arise
- Delay in performing a Cesarean section if the situation requires it
- Delegating procedures to inexperienced or unqualified staff
Caring for a child with Erb’s palsy is expensive. If the Erb’s palsy was caused by improper and negligent actions taken by the medical professionals and/or hospital responsible for delivering your child, you owe it to yourself to contact the Oklahoma City Erb’s palsy attorneys at Hasbrook & Hasbrook. We understand what you are going through during this difficult time, and will work tirelessly to help you obtain all the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your situation. You will not have to pay anything for our services unless we recover damages for you child’s injury.