Erb's Palsy Lawyers, Tulsa Oklahoma
Erbs Palsy is a type of brachial plexus birth injury. In fact, Erbs Palsy is one of the most common of shoulder dystocia injuries.
As a parent, there is nothing more upsetting than your child suffering from a preventable birth injury. Acceptable birthing conditions involve close monitoring.
When a foreseeable and preventable birth injury, like Erb's Palsy, occurs, the medical professionals involved in the delivery should be held accountable.
If your child was born with Erbs Palsy and you believe that it could have been prevented, contact our birth injury lawyers by calling 1-800-304-9246 to begin exploring your legal options.
Causes of Erbs Palsy
Erbs Palsy injuries occur when a newborns shoulder gets stuck behind the mothers pelvic bone, causing the brachial plexus to become compressed, pulled or torn.
An experienced obstetrician should be able to determine risks that will increase the likelihood of a child being born with Erbs Palsy and should take steps to avoid these types of birth injuries during delivery.
Some of the most common risk factors of Erbs Palsy birth injuries include:
- An extended pregnancy (lasting more than 40 weeks)
- High birth-weight babies
- Mothers with diabetes
- Short maternal stature
- Overweight mothers
- A protracted second stage of labor
- A contracted or flat pelvis
If any of these risk factors are present and a natural delivery still occurs, the doctor may be liable for inflicting birth injury. Do not wait to contact our birth injury lawyers if your child was born with Erbs Palsy and you believe that it could have been prevented.
Symptoms of Erbs Palsy
Erbs Palsy is a type of brachial plexus injury, affecting the group of nerves running from the top of the spine, through the shoulder and down to the fingertips.
Erbs Palsy symptoms can include:
- No feeling or muscle control in the arm or hand
- Limited control of arm and hand movement
- Arm paralysis
- Facial paralysis on the affected side
- Loss of ability to sit without assistance
- Inability to control shoulder or elbow function, but retaining hand function
Types of Erbs Palsy
Depending on the type of nerve damage, Erbs palsy injuries can range from mild to severe. There are four types of Erbs Palsy birth injuries; stretch, neuroma, rupture and avulsion.
- Stretch Erbs Palsy stretch injuries are generally the mildest form of brachial plexus injury. The severity of stretch injuries varies depending on the amount of extension. Erbs Palsy stretch injuries normally heal in 1 to 2 years with close to full functionality.
- Neuroma Neuroma injuries happen when scar tissue applies pressure to the nerves in the brachial plexus. Neuroma injuries are not likely to heal naturally and will often require surgery to restore complete mobility of the childs arm.
- Rupture In patients with Erbs Palsy, a rupture injury refers to the tearing of nerve tissue in multiple areas of the brachial plexus. Similar to neuroma injuries, rupture injuries typically require surgery to restore total mobility.
- Avulsion Avulsion injuries occur when the nerves in the brachial plexus separate completely from the spinal cord. Avulsion is the most severe Erbs Palsy injury a baby can endure. To resume normal activity, intricate surgeries and possible muscle transfer is required.
Oklahoma Erbs Palsy Lawsuits
If your child suffers from Erbs Palsy caused by Oklahoma medical malpractice, it is important to have an experienced birth injury lawyer by your side.
You must show proof of negligence on behalf of the medical professional in order to be awarded compensation for your childs injury.
Our knowledgeable birth injury attorneys have the ability to successfully prepare and present the facts of your claim to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your childs injuries.
For immediate assistance with your Oklahoma Erbs Palsy claim, call us today at 1-800-304-9246.