Kentucky Lawyers Helping Victims of Birth Injury
Bringing a baby into the world should be one of the most exciting times for a mother and father. A new life — new adventures — new potential, what more could they ask for? Unfortunately, deliveries do not always go as planned, resulting in a birth injury such as Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia.
An obstetrician should work to prevent these disastrous results by being aware of the warning signs of Erb’s palsy and shoulder dystocia. By acting quickly and with great care, these and other birth injuries can often be prevented.
If you believe your baby’s Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia is the result of the negligence of an OB or other medical professional you may have reason to file a medical malpractice claim. The lawyers at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, in Louisville, Kentucky, understand the tragic implications of a serious birth injury. For more than 20 years, they have helped families pursue the compensation necessary for long-term care of injured children.
To arrange a free consultation to discuss your situation, contact us by telephone or on-line.
Understanding Erb’s Palsy and Shoulder Dystocia
Erb’s palsy is a specific type of brachial plexus injury that can result in long-lasting disability. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves between the neck and shoulder. It conducts nerve signals to the arm. When the brachial plexus is stretched, damage can occur, causing disabilities ranging from limited mobility to partial or full paralysis of the arm.
Brachial plexus injuries often occur during childbirth. If a baby is too large, the mother’s birth canal is too small, the baby is angled in a particular direction or other delivery difficulties are present, the brachial plexus can become stretched. The affected arm may not develop normally. This could lead to a lifetime of limited mobility.
Do You Have a Case?
Birth injuries involving the brachial plexus (resulting in Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia) are often preventable if a healthcare professional pays attention to warning signs. Our firm has the resources and knowledge to help you determine if health care personnel acted in a negligent manner.
We offer a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances surrounding your baby’s injury and the long-term affect it will have on his or her life. If we take your case, you will not owe us attorney’s fees unless we are successful in securing a verdict or settlement on your behalf. Contact us to hold those at fault accountable for their actions.