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Erb's Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Erb's Palsy Doctor Negligence Lawsuit, Brachial Plexus Palsy Malpractice Lawsuit, & Brachial Plexus Palsy Negligence Lawsuit Information
by Federal & Texas Erb's Palsy Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

Medical Malpractice during the birthing process can result in a child suffering Erb's Palsy & Brachial Plexus Injuries.  These birth injuries can affect the muscle coordination and body movement in a child's arms and shoulders.  If you believe that your child has suffered Erb's palsy or cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice, contact Austin Texas Birth Injury Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free review of your Texas Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Claim or use our online submission form.

Erb's Palsy Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Brachial Plexus Paralysis Medical Malpractice Lawsuit, Erb's Palsy Doctor Negligence Lawsuit, and Brachial Plexus Paralysis Doctor Negligence Lawsuit Information

The terms "erb's palsy" and "brachial plexus paralysis" are names for a condition which mainly due to birth trauma can affect 1 or all of the 5 primary nerves that supply the movement and feeling to an arm. The paralysis can be partial or complete and cause mild impairment to severe impairment. The neurological disorder appears in infancy and severe cases are obvious because the infant cannot control their hand or arm.

In cases of Erb's Palsy caused by medical negligence, it is important to obtain a copy of the medical records to determine what happened and who may be to blame for the medical malpractice.  It will also be necessary to obtain the medical records for the child to determine the severity of the birth injury, what can be done to minimize the injury, and what permanent disability the child may have. 

Brachial Plexus Paralysis Medical Malpractice Lawsuit and Brachial Plexus Paralysis Doctor Negligence Lawsuit Information

Brachial Plexus Injuries occur when the brachial plexus, a network of nerves between the neck and shoulder, is damaged. Because the brachial plexus conducts nerve signals from the spinal cord to the arm and hand, when it is damaged impairment of the arm and hand can occur causing a limp arm. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves formed by fibers located between the shoulder and the neck. Most brachial plexus injuries happen during birth when excessive lateral traction is applied to the fetal neck region during a vaginal birth and a traumatic stretching of the brachial plexus occurs causing damages to the nerves.  Brachial plexus injuries are more common in infants that are larger than average in size as they have more trouble moving through the birth canal.

Types of Brachial Plexus Injuries

There are different types of brachial plexus injuries that range in severity of impairment and limitations. Children severe limitations have a limp arm that is not controllable.  These infants will be readily apparent at an early age as they will not be able to control their arm and will have trouble turning over and crawling.  An avulsion where the nerve is torn from the spine are the most severe cases.  A bit less severe is a rupture where the nerve is torn but not where it attaches to the spine allowing some nerve impulses.  A neuroma occurs when the damaged nerve has tried to heal but scar tissue has grown around the injury placing pressure on the injured nerve praxis. While the nerve has been damaged, it has not been torn and improvement is possible. 

Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Injuries

Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Injuries are usually obvious. A baby suffering from a Brachial Plexus Injury or Erb's Palsy can be determined by the lack of ability to use the affected arm.  Infants with Erb's Palsy have no muscle control and no feeling in the affected arm or hand.  In less severe cases, the child may have little control of shoulder and arm movements, but may have some use of their hands.  In more severe cases the entire arm may be paralyzed with the hand and fingers hanging limp.  The infant may also have facial paralysis on the affected side as well as may not able to sit up without assistance or be able to crawl without the use of therapeutic devices.

Treatment for Erb's Palsy

Treatment for Erbís Palsy generally consists of physical therapy to improve functionality of joints and muscles. In some cases, babies born with Erbís Palsy will greatly benefit from surgery and surgical procedures can increase their arm functions. Since most children with Erbís Palsy have damage to multiple nerves of the brachial plexus, more than one procedure may need to be preformed.  

Causes of Erb's Palsy and Brachial Plexus Injuries

Medical mistakes during the labor and delivery process are to blame for thousands of children with nerve damage. Unfortunately, many parents don't realize that their healthcare provider might be to blame for their child's neurological problems. If your child suffers from a brachial plexus injury or other neurological problem you may want to determine if:

1.  The fetal heart pattern of the your infant was strong and a vaginal birth     was         in both the child's and mother's best interest.

2.  Was there a hyperstimulation of the uterus and if so were the correct drugs administered at the correct levels and were other drugs including the use of oxytocin discontinued at the correct time.

3.  Were there abnormal pressure readings and if so was an intrauterine pressure catheter used

4.  Was this a diabetic pregnancy and was there abnormal post glucola test.  If so, was it properly acted upon.

5.  Was reasonable care taken to avoid placing too much pressure on the fetus including avoiding lateral traction on the head of the fetus at the time of delivery?  Were proper techniques such as the McRobert's maneuver or the corkscrew maneuver used, instead of simply applying supapubic pressure during delivery?

Federal and Texas Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Federal Tort Claims and Texas Medical Malpractice Claims are some of the most complicated types of cases in the practice of law. As a Texas medical malpractice birth injury lawyer that has handled medical malpractice claims, I have worked with other Federal Medical Malpractice Brachial Plexus Lawyers, Texas Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Lawyers, and Texas Brachial Plexus Palsy Lawyers to seek compensation from negligent doctors and negligent health care providers that have severely injured or killed infants or mother through medical mistakes and medical carelessness during prenatal care or the birthing process.

If you have a medical negligence claim regarding a brachial plexus injury, Cerebral Palsy, wrongful death, shoulder dystocia, or other serious injuries against a Federal Hospital, Texas Hospital, medical doctor, or other health care provider, feel free to contact Texas Medical Negligence Birth Injury Lawyer Jason Coomer. 

To have a successful claim, you have to have another doctor state that medical malpractice occurred and it resulted in damages.  This negligence has to be more than just a bad result or judgment call, it has to deviate from the standard of care in the medical community.  If you need a Federal Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Lawyer or a Texas Medical Malpractice Birth Injury Lawyer, feel free to contact Austin Birth Injury Attorney, Jason S. Coomer.

Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy Lawsuits

Medical Malpractice during the birthing process can result in cerebral palsy, which is a chronic condition that affects the muscle coordination and body movement.  Damage to the brain during fetal development, the birthing process, and during infancy can cause cerebral palsy.  Cerebral Palsy is caused by faulty development or damage to the motor areas in the brain that disrupt the ability of the brain to control muscle movement.

If you believe that your child has suffered cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice, contact Austin Texas Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Jason Coomer for a free review of your Texas Medical Malpractice Claim or use our online submission form.

Cerebral Palsy

"Cerebral" refers to the brain and "palsy" to muscle weakness/poor control. Cerebral palsy itself is not progressive, but is a developmental problem that can occur during fetal development, the birthing process, or infancy.  Once a child has cerebral palsy, the child will not get worse over time, however, conditions such as muscle spasticity can develop which may get better or worse over time. Although cerebral palsy is not "curable", training and therapy treatments can help improve function.

The term "cerebral palsy" refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Even though cerebral palsy affects muscle movement, it isnít caused by problems in the muscles or nerves.  It is caused by abnormalities or damage in parts of the brain that control muscle movements.  The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it, although it may not be detected until months or years later. The early signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before a child reaches 3 years of age.  The most common symptoms are a lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements (ataxia); stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity); walking with one foot or leg dragging; walking on the toes, a crouched gait, or a ďscissoredĒ gait; and muscle tone that is either too stiff or too floppy.  A small number of children have cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage in the first few months or years of life, brain infections such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis, or head injury from a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or child abuse.

Cerebral Palsy usually occurs during fetal development, but can occur before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy. The faulty development or damage to motor areas in the brain disrupts the brain's ability to adequately control movement and posture.  Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy can range in severity.

Medical mistakes during the labor and delivery process are to blame for thousands of children with Cerebral Palsy. Unfortunately, many parents don't realize that their healthcare provider might be to blame for their child's Cerebral Palsy. If your child suffers from Cerebral Palsy, feel free to contact Texas Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Jason Coomer for a review of your potential Cerebral Palsy Claim.

If you have a medical negligence claim regarding Cerebral Palsy, wrongful death, shoulder dystocia, or other serious injuries against a Federal Hospital, Texas Hospital, medical doctor, or other health care provider, feel free to contact Texas Medical Negligence Lawyer Jason Coomer. 

To have a successful claim, you have to have another doctor state that medical malpractice occurred and it resulted in damages.  This negligence has to be more than just a bad result or judgment call, it has to deviate from the standard of care in the medical community.  If you need a Federal Medical Malpractice Lawyer or a Texas Medical Malpractice Lawyer, feel free to contact Austin Attorney, Jason S. Coomer.

 

 
 
 
 

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