Skilled Erb’s Palsy Attorneys in St. Louis, Missouri
Erb’s palsy is an injury to the upper nerves of the baby’s neck and shoulder, caused by stretching during delivery. Often called shoulder dystocia, this impairment occurs when a baby’s shoulders are unable to pass through the birth canal at the time of delivery.
In short, the baby’s head will deliver, but the body does not follow because one of the shoulders is stuck.
These serious injuries impact the movement of the baby’s shoulder, arm, and/or hand, which can range from minimal arm function impairment, or severe impairment resulting in near-total paralysis of the affected limb.
Because shoulder dystocia is a medical emergency, it requires prompt action by the physician delivering the baby, so the infant can breathe properly. If shoulder dystocia is not promptly relieved, the baby may suffer from more than harm to their arms, but an anoxic brain injury, or even death.
If your baby has suffered from any symptoms of Erb’s Palsy during delivery, contact our skilled medical malpractice attorneys in St. Louis today to learn more about your legal rights and options to hold the physician, staff, and/or medical facility liable for your full financial damages.
What are the Most Common Causes of Erb’s Palsy in Missouri?
Erb’s palsy is often caused by pulling on a baby’s shoulder, resulting in damage to the neck, arms, spinal cord, or brain.
Common forms of medical malpractice causing Erb’s palsy in Missouri may include, but are not limited to:
- Pulling on an infant’s shoulders during a head-first delivery
- Pulling on an infant’s feet during a feet-first delivery
- Pulling too hard on an infant’s head and neck as the shoulders pass through the birth canal
- The use of assistive delivery medical tools, including vacuum extractors or forceps
Parents spend countless hours choosing their medical providers carefully, ensuring experienced and highly trained physicians and support staff are putting the mother and child’s health first.
When they fail to resolve complications without injuring the mother or child, or do not uphold a quality standard of care another physician with the same experience in the same circumstances would, it may be considered a medical malpractice case.
If your baby has suffered from Erb’s palsy caused during his or her delivery, contact our skilled birth injury attorneys in St. Louis today to learn how we can help you pursue the compensation you need now and going forward, so you are not paying for your child’s ongoing medical needs and overall damages out of pocket.
What Types of Compensation Can I Pursue During an Erb’s Palsy Injury Claim in Missouri?
Erb’s palsy may result in extensive healthcare costs and overall expenses that many families may not be able to afford without pursuing a medical malpractice claim against the liable party or parties that caused their child’s injuries.
Our skilled birth injury lawyers in St. Louis can help you seek financial compensation to help alleviate any financial burdens incurred by your family because of medical malpractice.
That may include compensation for:
- Adaptive equipment
- Increased living expenses due to the child’s medical condition
- Medical expenses, including medications, medical devices, or surgeries
- The parents lost wages while caring for the impacted child
- Therapy, rehabilitation, and home care
- Other expenses, including emotional damage, pain, and suffering
If your child has suffered from Erb’s palsy because of a medical provider’s birthing error, our skilled medical malpractice lawyers in St. Louis at the Gogel Law Firm want to help you seek justice.