Reliable Oklahoma Erb’s Palsy Lawyers Here for You
An experienced birth injury attorney to represent your family
Parents of a newborn who suffers Erb’s palsy are often frightened, shocked, and angry. Questions will abound: How could my newborn have suffered such harm? Are there any treatments that can help my child? Who will pay for the medical care? What about the pain and suffering of the child and the parents? How do we prove medical malpractice and how long will it take?
At Stipe Law Firm, our Oklahoma Erb’s palsy lawyers are ready to answer your questions and to fight for all the compensation the law allows. We have negotiated substantial settlements and obtained large verdicts for many birth injury clients. Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience litigating injury cases throughout Oklahoma. Our lawyers anticipate many of the arguments defense lawyers use. We work with independent physicians to evaluate your child’s delivery and future medical needs..
Erb’s palsy explained
Erb’s palsy is one form of brachial plexus injury. It often happens during childbirth, though it can also happen due to a hard fall. Doctors are trained to anticipate that the disorder can occur when the delivery is labored. It is essential that the shoulder pass through the birth canal in the proper manner and at the proper time. When Erb’s palsy occurs, the spinal cord doesn’t deliver the proper nerve signals to the shoulder, arm, and hand.
Complications from Erb’s palsy include:
- Arm paralysis
- Stunted growth of the arm
- Impairment of muscular development and the nerves
- Impaired circulatory development
- Sensory perception loss
Causes of Erb’s palsy
Erb’s palsy during childbirth can occur in one of three basic ways:
- The newborn passes through the birth canal at an awkward angle–for example, when the head is going one way while the arm is going another.
- Face-first delivery, often because of the high birth weight of an infant, can result in excessive pulling of the shoulders.
- During a breech birth, the nerves can be injured as the baby’s arms are pulled over the head.
Risk factors include:
- Shoulder dystocia
- A large infant
- A small mother
- A prolonged labor
- Newborns with a high birth weight
- Breech babies
Doctors should anticipate these problems and take necessary precautions to prevent them or to properly manage them. When the doctors fail to take these necessary steps, our Oklahoma Erb’s palsy lawyers are prepared to hold them accountable in court, if necessary..
Treatments for Erb’s palsy
There are some treatments that can help. It is necessary to know these treatments to help your child’s condition improve and to understand the medical costs that are involved. That is why our Oklahoma Erb’s palsy lawyers work with other doctors who are trained to treat Erb’s palsy.
Surgery may be an option, but it normally must be done within three to six months after birth. There are several types of surgery such as microsurgery, surgery to help restore arm function, and nerve graft surgery to repair damaged nerves. Physical therapy may also help.
When surgery and therapy do not work, the child may have lifetime problems, including the functional loss of use of the affected arm.
Our Oklahoma birth injury lawyers have the experience you can count on
Parents of a child with Erb’s palsy should contact the Stipe Law Firm as soon as possible. Surgery may help your child, but only if it is done soon after the newborn’s birth. Our Oklahoma Erb’s palsy lawyers have the skill and experience to guide you through the medical malpractice process. We fight aggressively to hold doctors, hospitals, and medical personnel accountable for your child’s medical care, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Call today for an appointment at 918-558-2255, or by filling out our contact form, to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Oklahoma birth injury lawyer today.