Brachial plexus birth injuries affect approximately 1 to 2 babies per 1,000 born in the United States each year. If your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury due to the medical negligence of a health care provider, we can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve. The Baltimore birth injury lawyers at Arfaa Law Group are ready to review the specific facts of your case and determine the cause of your child’s condition.Taking Legal Action After a Brachial Plexus Injury
A brachial plexus injury is an injury during the delivery process to the nerves that control muscles in the shoulder, arm, or hand. This condition can cause total paralysis of the arm or a lack of control or sensation over the arm, hand, and shoulder muscles. Depending on the severity of harm to the nerves, a brachial plexus injury may result in a variety of conditions, including Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, Horner’s syndrome, and even complete palsy.
Paralysis caused by an injury to the brachial plexus is a condition known as Erb’s palsy. The most common cause of brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s Palsy is shoulder dystocia. When the shoulder of the baby becomes wedged behind the pelvic bone of the mother during the labor and delivery process, the child must be carefully dislodged. When excess force is used to pull the head down the birth canal, the neck and shoulder can be stretched, causing a brachial plexus injury.
A child suffering from one of these severe conditions may require life-long medical treatment and therapy. When a brachial plexus injury results from a health care professional’s negligence, Maryland law allows birth injury victims to recover compensation by filing a medical malpractice claim. In Maryland, medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider fails to exercise proper care and as a result causes injury. An injured child and their family may seek both economic and non-economic damages for the harm suffered, including medical bills, rehabilitation and therapy costs, pain and suffering, and more.
A medical malpractice claim, like personal injury lawsuits, must be filed within a certain time period, known as the statute of limitations. Failing to file within this time could mean permanently losing the right to bring a claim altogether. Thus, it is imperative to work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who will be vigilant about timelines in your case.Contact a Birth Injury Lawyer in the Baltimore Area
If your child suffers harm due to a brachial plexus injury during birth, the Baltimore birth injury attorneys at Arfaa Law Group are available to discuss your case and advise your family. We will make every effort to get you the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law. Our firm represents injured victims and their families in medical malpractice and birth injury cases involving a shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus palsy, Erb's palsy, and Klumpke's paralysis. To set up a free appointment with a medical malpractice attorney, call 410-889-1850 or contact us online.