Erb’s Palsy Injuries • Help When You Need It Most
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One or two of every 1,000 babies suffer from Erb’s palsy — nerve damage that affects movement and sensation in the shoulder and elbow. These injuries can heal quickly in some instances. But children can potentially sustain serious permanent damage that has a devastating effect on their entire lives.
This type of injury can be unavoidable during a difficult delivery. But as with any type of birth injury, other cases can be prevented through responsible medical care during childbirth. Washington, D.C. parents need to seek highly experienced legal advice and support before undergoing the additional stress associated with filing an Erb’s palsy lawsuit.
Identifying legal options after an Erb’s palsy injury requires a detailed analysis of all medical records and the childbirth process by a law firm with exceptional medical resources. With a nurse/attorney on staff and a pediatrician/attorney of counsel, the Washington, D.C. legal team at Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC has the resources needed to determine when parents should consider Erb’s palsy litigation to pursue compensation for these potentially life-changing injuries.
The causes and symptoms of Erb’s palsy
Parents are naturally watchful for any signs of injury to their newborns. But the initial symptoms of any form of brachial plexus palsy in infants can be subtle, so even if the obstetrician does not immediately identify this type of condition, parents need to be particularly vigilant after any form of difficult delivery.
Erb’s palsy is typically caused when a medical practitioner stretches the neck of the infant to the side during a difficult delivery. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- High–birth-weight infants
- Breach births
- Prolonged labor
While pediatricians often notice signs of weakness or loss of sensation in one arm, parents who notice a child favoring one arm or displaying a different range of motion between arms should seek immediate medical support. While Erb’s palsy does not automatically indicate that any form of medical malpractice caused the condition, the legal team at Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC has the experience and resources needed to help determine when families have cause to take legal action to pursue the often-extensive expenses for medical treatment, therapy or even surgery related to the injuries.
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At Jack H. Olender & Associates, PC, every case is approached as a team. We combine our attorneys’ 200 years of malpractice and injury law experience produce an indomitable resource for victims of avoidable tragedies.
Contact us to see the difference our exceptional medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury attorneys can make in your case and in your life.
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The firm generally works on a contingent (percentage) fee arrangement, so no legal fees are paid if money is not recovered on your behalf. We practice in District of Columbia and Maryland courts.