Erb's Palsy Compensation Claims
Erb's palsy can result in severe disability and is caused by injury to the nervous system, which may be as a result of medical negligence. As such, it is very important that the family of a person who has suffered this kind of negligence is able to make a compensation claim to not only help with the pain and suffering already caused, but also to help with resultant costs for the rest of the individual's life.
Speak to our Erb's palsy solicitors today to discuss your situation and to get a better idea of what to do next. Our team is highly experienced in Erb's palsy claims and can provide all of the advice and guidance you need. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form.
What is Erb's Palsy?
The condition is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves that run from the spine to the tips of the fingers. One or more of the nerves in the brachial plexus may be injured and the nerves may have the same or different injuries. Different injuries may cause the same symptoms and it is therefore often difficult to know what kind of injury has occurred.
There are four types of brachial plexus injuries:
The nerve is torn from the spine
The nerve is torn but not where it attaches to the spine
This occurs where scar tissue has grown around the injury, putting pressure on the nerve and resulting in reduction of signals to the muscles
the nerve has been damaged but not torn and these injuries usually heal on their own within a few months
Risk Factors for Erb's Palsy
There are many well known risk factors, and a failure to recognise them and act appropriately may lead to a finding of medical negligence. Factors that predispose a child to this injury include:
- Failure to estimate the baby's weight before delivery
- Failure to perform a caesarean section
- Failure to diagnose and treat maternal diabetes
- Failure to inform of the risks in vaginal delivery of a large baby
- Failure to follow established methods to manage shoulder dystocia
- Applying unnecessary and excessive force during the delivery
How Compensation Can Help You Support Your Child
Most families simply don't have the resources to cover all the expenses and provide for the child victim of Erb's palsy over his or her lifetime. That's where our solicitors come in to help your child receive compensation. We offer the ‘no win, no fee’ scheme, so it is important that you contact us as soon as possible so we can assess your claim.
Talk to Us
If you believe that your child's injury was caused by medical negligence and you would like free advice, simply complete our online contact form and one of our medical negligence experts will telephone you with no obligation. We have highly experienced solicitors including members of the Law Society’s panel of medical negligence experts, so you can be assured that your case will be handled professionally and sensitively. Alternately, you can phone us on 0800 014 7481.