Orland Park Erb's Palsy Birth Injury Attorneys
Personal Injury Lawyers For Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Cook County and DuPage County
Erb's palsy affects two of every 1,000 babies born in the U.S. While the majority of cases typically clear up within three months to a year, lifelong problems can develop without proper care.
This form of birth injury is often caused by extreme pulling of a baby's shoulders and head during difficult childbirth, causing either temporary or permanent nerve damage. In many cases, these serious injuries occur due to medical malpractice. If you believe doctor error contributed to your child's Erb's palsy, Schwartz Injury Law can help. At Schwartz Injury Law, you get a team of experienced professionals who have the financial backing to pursue complex cases.
What Is Erb's Palsy?
Erb's palsy is a birth injury that damages or severs the nerves which connect the neck to the arm. It may cause repositioning, weakness, numbness, or partial or complete paralysis in the affected arm. It can also impact a child's shoulder or entire trunk.
In situations where the baby is lodged in the birth canal, there is a danger of oxygen deprivation and subsequent infant brain damage.
Physician actions that can lead to Erb's palsy include:
- Pulling an infant out by the neck and face if the child comes out head-first.
- Tugging on the feet and legs, which can cause the arms to rise above the head and apply pressure to the shoulder joint.
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum for extraction.
Schwartz Injury Law can help demonstrate that medical negligence occurred and help you pursue damages. Our birth injury settlements and judgments include awards up to $8 million.
Erb's Palsy Compensation Claims
If treated properly, most children with Erb's palsy recover from their injuries within a few months. Severe cases typically require surgery to repair the nerve damage in the child's arm, hand, or shoulder. The sooner surgery occurs, the better the chances of a full recovery.
Regardless of the severity, a birth injury lawsuit can provide compensation for treatment, rehabilitation, medication or surgery, along with lost wages or costs for care or medical equipment.
Schwartz Injury Law is prepared to conduct a relentless and complete investigation into your case. While many Erb's palsy cases are settled out of court, our attorneys will be prepared for full litigation.
Contact Our Tinley Park Birth Injury Attorneys
Schwartz Injury Law firmly stands beside parents and their children who have suffered birth injuries due to doctor and hospital negligence. Contact our Orland Park personal injury lawyers at 708-226-9000 for a free consultation. We serve clients throughout the area, including but not limited to Oak Forest, Mokena, Homer Glen, Frankfort, Chicago Heights, Oak Lawn, and Palos Heights.