When your child has been born with Erb's palsy as a result of a doctor's mistake during delivery, come to The Tolson Firm, LLC to speak with an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer. We have spent more than 17 years representing the injured and their families and have successfully litigated dozens of multi-million dollar settlements. Lead Attorney Audrey Tolson was personally recruited by famed attorney Johnnie Cochran as the first lawyer to work in the local office of his nationwide practice, and since founding her own firm she has built a strong reputation in our area. She has been named among the Top 100 Female Lawyers in Georgia, as well as being selected for four consecutive years as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in our state. We know how difficult it can be to learn that your child has begun life with such a serious condition, and will do everything we can to help you recover the maximum possible settlement.
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Erb's palsy is a type of brachial plexus injury which involves a severance of the nerves extending from the cervical spine and into the shoulders and arms. Named after the first doctor who discovered the condition, Wilhelm Erb, it occurs most often as a result of shoulder dystocia or when the obstetrician pulls too hard on the baby's shoulders. Many newborns will heal within a period of months, but those who do not may be given invasive surgery involving nerve transplants, which is only successful in some cases. It is estimated that one or two out of every 1,000 babies is born with Erb's palsy.
Erb's palsy may be caused by any of the following:
Erb's palsy is often confused with cerebral palsy due to the symptoms of paralysis and nerve damage. Signs and symptoms of this condition will vary based on the type and severity, ranging from weakness or soreness to complete paralysis of the arm.
The most common symptoms of Erb's palsy include:
If your child developed Erb's palsy as a result of medical negligence, you may have grounds to file a legal claim against the responsible parties in pursuit of compensation. While a personal injury claim unfortunately cannot undo the harm inflicted by a negligent professional, it can help to ensure your child's present and future medical needs are met.
An attorney can help you pursue compensation for the following damages:
It is important to detect a birth injury of this type as early as possible. If you have noticed that your child is especially weak in either limb, you should seek a medical examination to determine the cause. Long term symptoms include a loss of sensation and inability to execute the full range of motion in the effected limb. The lack of nerve communication into the region can also result in reduced levels of circulation, leading to an underdeveloped arm which is highly susceptible to infection. If your doctor's medical malpractice caused this injury to your child, you should not hesitate to seek compensation.
Contact an Atlanta birth injury attorney at our firm today to discuss the injury and learn what your claim may be worth.