Erb’s palsy is a condition caused by damage to the brachial plexus nerves located in the upper arm. Depending on the severity of the injury, Erb’s palsy may manifest as partial or total paralysis of the affected arm. Typically, this condition occurs after a difficult delivery where the baby's shoulder becomes lodged in the mother’s birth canal or gets stuck behind the pubic bone.
Contact The Donnelly Law Firm if you believe that your baby suffered a birth injury that led to his or her Erb’s palsy diagnosis. Our New Jersey Erb’s palsy attorneys have recovered over $140 million for our clients in Summit and beyond. We are prepared to fight for the justice and compensation you and your family deserve.
Reasons to File a Lawsuit for Erb's Palsy
If your baby has been diagnosed with Erb's palsy, your mind is probably filled with questions:
- Why did this happen?
- Was it preventable?
- What will my baby's future look like?
Filing a birth injury lawsuit is the best way to get answers to these questions and any others you may have.
Discover the Cause of the Injury
One of the most important parts of a birth injury lawsuit is the period of discovery. Our legal team will collect medical records, interview witnesses, and work with medical experts in order to determine why the injury occurred and whether or not it could have been prevented if different actions were taken.
A doctor should be on the lookout for certain risk factors that can cause Erb's palsy, both before and during labor, and take adequate measures to prevent injury.
These risk factors include:
- Shoulder dystocia; one or both shoulders get stuck in the birth canal
- The use of forceps
- The use of a vacuum extractor
- Prolonged labor
- Breech birth
- Excessive maternal weight gain
- High infant birth weight
- Mother's who are more petite in build or have narrow hips
If your doctor or an attending nurse did not provide the appropriate level of care to ensure a safe delivery for your baby, our New Jersey Erb's palsy lawyers can pursue the justice you deserve.
Recover Compensation for Damages
If medical malpractice caused your child's injury, we will seek to recover compensatory damages that will help you and your child live a full life.
On top of the hospital bills associated with a birth injury, families can also face a mountain of other expenses, such as:
- Physical rehabilitation
- In-home medical care
- Special needs education
- Loss of quality of life
While no amount of money can heal your child or take away the hurt you have experienced, a settlement or verdict recovery can help ensure your child can experience a bright future despite their injury.
Dedicated to Securing the Justice You Deserve
At The Donnelly Law Firm, we understand that there is nothing more devastating than learning your child has suffered a preventable injury, especially when the injury has lasting, life-altering consequences. Our New Jersey Erb’s palsy lawyers strive to hold negligent medical professionals and facilities accountable and recover the full, fair compensation our clients are owed.
We offer compassionate and personalized legal counsel, coupled with aggressive advocacy. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees for you until we win your case.