Erb’s palsy is a birth injury to the brachial plexus nerve, which runs from the spine to the shoulder and down the arm to the hands. When these nerves are damaged during birth, there can be serious consequences. At the San Jose birth injury law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are highly experienced in handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries. We understand how upsetting a diagnosis like Erb’s Palsy can be when you have a newborn child, and we strive to eliminate some of your worries by ensuring you have the financial resources necessary to get your child the medical treatment he or she needs and deserves.Erb's Palsy Birth Injuries in San Jose, CA
When a baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone during birth (shoulder dystocia) freeing the baby quickly becomes a top concern. In this emergency setting, it is not uncommon for the doctor or midwife to injure the brachial plexus nerves while trying to dislodge the baby. The damage to these nerves can vary in severity from stretching without tearing (neuropraxia) to tearing the nerve (rupture) to the nerve being torn away from the spine (avulsion). When scar tissue grows on and around the site of the injury it can also inhibit nerve function (neuroma).
The severity of the injury will dictate the prognosis and course of treatment. Even a mild injury can require daily physical therapy, however. The more severe injuries may require a surgical intervention, and a worse case scenario may result in paralysis. The cost of medical treatment, physical therapy, and on-going disability can be significant. Our attorneys can help you obtain compensation to ease the financial burden of dealing with this type of injury to your child.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced birth injury attorneys. We will discuss the circumstances of your child’s injury and your legal options for pursuing compensation. From our office in San Jose, we work with parents throughout Santa Clara County and Monterey County including San Jose, Santa Cruz, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Monterey, Carmel, and the surrounding areas of Northern California.