Erb’s Palsy Birth Injury Lawyer
Our Cleveland law firm can help you demand justice for your neonatal injury
One of the most common brachial plexus injuries is Erb’s palsy. An estimated 2 in 1,000 children sustain an Erb’s palsy injury, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
This type of birth injury often occurs during delivery. Worst of all, such neonatal injuries can often be prevented. That’s because Erb’s palsy is often the direct result of medical negligence.
If your child sustained an Erb’s palsy injury during your baby’s delivery, don’t be surprised if the at-fault medical professional who caused the injury denies doing anything wrong. When this happens, it’s critical that you take immediate steps to hold them accountable for their actions. That’s why you need to contact The Lancione Law Firm right away.
We put your child’s best interests first
Award-winning, Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione has decades of experience handling such complex legal cases nationwide. He has a well-earned national reputation for his skillful handling of birth injury claims. That’s why other attorneys frequently refer birth injury cases to our law firm.
In case after case, we consistently obtain sizable settlements and verdicts for injury victims and their families. Since our law firm was founded, we have recovered more than $350 million and counting for our clients, including one of Ohio’s largest malpractice verdicts.
We also realize your case is about more than money. It’s about making sure your child gets the attention they deserve. It’s about making sure your voice is heard loud and clear. That’s why attorney Lancione will personally meet with you to learn more about what happened. And if you ever have a question about your case, you can call attorney Lancione directly on his personal cellphone anytime.
What is Erb’s Palsy?
In a difficult delivery, a baby can sustain serious trauma to the brachial plexus nerves that extend through the neck and shoulder, causing problems with movement and sensation in the arm, hand and wrist on the affected side. Palsy, a type of paralysis, is common.
Erb’s palsy involves a tear to the C5 and C6 nerve in the spine near the top of the neck. This type of nerve injury is also sometimes referred to as Erb-Duchenne paralysis. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, an infant born with Erb’s palsy may have weakness in the arm or not be able to move the arm due to paralysis.
There are four different kinds of Erb’s palsy injuries involving the brachial plexus:
- Avulsion – Brachial plexus nerve torn away from the spine.
- Neurapraxia – Brachial plexus nerve stretched but not torn.
- Neuroma – Torn brachial plexus nerve that has healed but produced scar tissue that interrupts nerve signals between muscles.
- Rupture – Torn brachial plexus nerve still attached to the spine.
What causes Erb’s Palsy?
Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia (a specific type of shoulder injury to the fetus often caused by the baby’s shoulder becoming trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone during delivery) is a common cause of Erb’s palsy.
In particular, forcefully twisting or maneuvering the baby during delivery can cause the brachial plexus nerves to stretch, tear or be completely torn from the spinal cord. Other common causes of Erb’s palsy include:
- Misuse of forceps and extractors during baby’s delivery.
- C-section error or delayed C-section.
- Not performing a C-section when a baby is too large to safely pass through the birth canal, especially if the baby has fetal macrosomia.
Whatever the cause of your child’s Erb’s palsy injury, make sure you fully understand your legal rights. Talk to Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione and discover what our dedicated legal team can do for you.
Hold medical professionals accountable for their actions. Contact us
The clock is ticking after your child’s Erb’s palsy injury. There is a strict deadline (known as the statute of limitations) for filing a birth injury lawsuit or taking other legal action. But it’s not just the statute of limitations you need to worry about. The longer you wait to respond to your child’s injury, the harder it often becomes to find evidence to support your birth injury claim.
We understand the urgency and the importance of your legal case. That’s why we promise to get right to work investigating your child’s birth injury. Attorney John A. Lancione knows how to analyze medical records and frequently consults with experts for an in-depth analysis. He’s prepared to do what it takes and wage a long legal battle on your family’s behalf.
Count on us when it matters most. Contact The Lancione Law Firm and schedule a free consultation Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to schedule an appointment.