When a Forcible Delivery Causes Nerve Damage …
When a baby's arm seems limp and the baby is unable to move the arm, it could be a sign of Erb's palsy. Erb's palsy is an injury that affects the nerves leading to the arm. If your baby has Erb's palsy, talk to a birth injury attorney who has extensive experience with investigating medical errors.
Erb's Palsy ∙ Shoulder Dystocia ∙ Birth Injury
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At the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C., our Phoenix birth injury attorneys focus our practice on the most serious cases so that we can give our clients the time and resources necessary to investigate and litigate complex medical cases.
One of our lawyers has a medical background, we have two nurses on staff, a network of medical experts and more than 25 years of experience presenting serious injury cases to juries. Because Erb's palsy or shoulder dystocia requires expensive medical care and therapy, our attorneys know the importance of thorough preparation for trial.
When medical errors cause Erb's palsy, it is medical malpractice.
When the nerves from the spinal cord into the arm are torn or ruptured, the damages can cut off impulses to the arm and hand. The child with Erb's palsy can have paralysis, limited movement or loss of sensation. What causes Erb's palsy?
- A bigger-than-average baby may be difficult to deliver. When forceps or vacuum devices are used with too much force, they can damage the baby's head, neck and shoulders as the baby is pulled out of the birth canal.
- A careful doctor will immediately recognize the problem and do a C-section to avoid injury. If doctors must use forceps, they will be careful about how much pressure is used.
- Forcible delivery can cause various degrees of nerve damage that can limit a child's ability to use the affected shoulder, arm and hand.
If your child has Erb's palsy and you suspect the cause was medical negligence, talk to a birth injury lawyer with the experience and resources to assess the case and determine whether medical malpractice was at fault.
Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at the Snyder & Wenner, P.C. law firm. The consultation is free. We represent clients throughout Arizona and nationwide.