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Philadelphia Erb’s Palsy Attorney

Complications during the birth and delivery process can result in injuries with lifelong effects. Although these complications and the resulting injuries can arise spontaneously, sometimes they are due to doctor’s errors. If your child is suffering from Erb’s palsy because of the carelessness of your doctor or healthcare provider, they may be entitled to financial compensation. The Philadelphia Erb’s palsy lawyers at Youman & Caputo can help you understand your child’s rights and pursue any compensation that may be due to them.

Why Choose Our Team for Erb’s Palsy Cases in Philadelphia?

  • Youman & Caputo is a Pennsylvania trial law firm whose founding partners have nearly 50 years of combined experience representing individuals and their families.
  • We investigate our cases thoroughly and provide our clients with personalized and aggressive representation.

If you’re looking for representation for your child’s Erb’s palsy case, call Youman & Caputo today at (215) 302-1999. Your initial consultation is at no cost to you.

What Is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy. It is a nerve condition that affects the shoulders and arms and results in weakness or loss of movement in the affected arm. It occurs as a result of injury to the nerves that can take place during a prolonged labor or difficult delivery.

Common Causes of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy can develop before the baby is born due to the position of the baby in the uterus during pregnancy and at the onset of labor. Also, handling of a baby during a difficult labor can also stretch out or tear the brachial plexus nerves and result in Erb’s palsy.

There are some conditions that increase the risk of Erb’s palsy such as:

  • Gestational diabetes: This can result in a larger-sized baby, making delivery difficult.
  • Small maternal size: If the baby is large and the mother is particularly small and cannot support an easy delivery.
  • Breech birth: This is when the baby presents feet first instead of head first in the birth canal.
  • Improper use of tools: During a difficult delivery, some tools may be required to force the child out of the birth canal. Improper use of such tools can cause damage to the nerves.
  • Prolonged labor: This may put pressure on the nerves and cause Erb’s palsy.

Erb’s Palsy Treatment

While some babies make a full recovery from Erb’s palsy, some require extensive treatment and may never make a full recovery.

Depending on the severity of the case, some patients can make a full recovery with physiotherapy treatments. Others may need surgery and continued physiotherapy. There is no guarantee that they will make a full recovery after treatment. Even with treatment, there is a chance that Erb’s palsy will cause permanent disability in some patients.

Early intervention after diagnosis is essential for a positive prognosis for Erb’s palsy.

What to Do if Your Baby Suffered Erb’s Palsy

You should speak with an Philadelphia Erb’s palsy lawyer as soon as possible as your child may be entitled to financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. If your child is entitled to compensation, you must act or else you may lose the chance to make a claim within the applicable time limit.

These cases can be complex given the process required to access and evaluate medical records from the pregnancy until delivery. The qualifications of medical professionals that cared for the patient, the proper use of birthing tools, and the standard of care provided will all be evaluated to determine whether there is a valid case of medical malpractice.

For aggressive and personalized representation in your Erb’s palsy case, contact the experienced lawyers at Youman & Caputo. Call (215) 302-1999 to schedule a free consultation and assessment of your case.