Pennsylvanian residents like you rely on your medical team to deliver your baby safely. Unfortunately, unforeseen complications or mistakes on the part of the medical staff may result in birth injuries. Navitsky, Olson & Wisneski, LLP, are here to help you navigate through difficult situations in which your child has been injured during birth.
During the delivery of your baby, there are a number of things that the medical staff needs to be attentive to. Not only do they have to keep an eye on the baby’s health, but they need to watch out for your health, too. While monitoring blood oxygen levels, overall wellness, and other crucial health indicators, it can be somewhat easy for staff to become distracted, which is where mistakes are made.
Erb’s palsy is a potential result of a medical mistake. When the baby is coming out, there’s a risk that its shoulder may become stuck on your pelvis bone. This can cause damage if the doctor attempts to remove the baby while its shoulder is still trapped. If the nerves in the upper arm are damaged during birth, then the arm may become paralyzed. This paralysis can be anywhere from mild to moderate, affecting the entire limb’s movement or just a portion of it.
The good news is that Erb’s palsy is treatable and many children who suffer from it make a full or nearly-full recovery. Unfortunately, it’s still additional and undue stress for both you and your child.
If your child has suffered from avoidable birth injuries including Erb’s palsy, you may not even be sure where to begin. Seeking compensation for these injuries can be a difficult road to travel. If you would like some guidance, check out our web page on birth injuries linked here and consider consulting an experienced attorney.