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Klumpke’s Palsy

Birth Injury Lawyer Serving Baltimore and Surrounding Communities

If your child has suffered damage to their brachial plexus nerves and consequently developed Klumpke’s palsy, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim. At the Arfaa Law Group, a Baltimore birth injury attorney can thoroughly examine the facts of your case to determine whether negligence may have occurred. You can rest assured that we will fight vigorously for your rights at every step of the process. We understand the medical and legal complexities of these cases, and we can enlist persuasive experts to testify on your behalf.

Seeking Compensation for Klumpke’s Palsy

Klumpke’s palsy is a type of paralysis that results from harm to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves originating at the top of the spinal cord. Klumpke’s palsy may be caused when excessive force is applied to a baby’s head and neck region to dislodge the baby’s shoulders from the mother’s birth canal. This type of injury disrupts the flow of information to and from the brain, and it may cause paralysis of the arm and hand. In mild cases, Klumpke’s palsy may be treated with regular massages and exercise of the affected area. In serious cases, however, this condition may be permanent. There are various signs and symptoms associated with Klumpke’s palsy, including an inability to move the fingers, muscle weakness, limpness in the wrist or hand, numbness in the forearm, hand, or wrist, or a decreased ability to grip.

To determine if a case of Klumpke’s palsy was a result of medical negligence, the facts of the case must be examined. Under Maryland law, medical negligence takes place when a physician causes an injury to a patient by deviating from the standard of care that a competent, trained physician in the same specialty would have followed in the same or similar circumstances. This standard will vary according to the specific situation from which the case arises, so a plaintiff will need to retain an expert witness who can explain to a judge and jury what went wrong and what a competent physician would have done differently.

Each state has its own procedural rules pertaining to medical malpractice claims, and Maryland is no different. Under state law, your case must be filed before an arbitration board before you may take it to court. You must file a statement of claim, and within 90 days, you must provide a certificate of merit from a physician, confirming that your claim has a legitimate basis.

Enlist a Baltimore Attorney for Your Birth Injury Case

Birth injuries may have lifelong consequences for a baby and their entire family. At the Arfaa Law Group, Baltimore birth injury lawyer Julia Arfaa and her team have the knowledge and experience to handle your claim. While we try to resolve each case efficiently and fairly through a settlement, we are not afraid to fight for your rights at trial if needed. Julia Arfaa represents people who need a medical malpractice attorney throughout the state of Maryland. Do not hesitate to call 410-889-1850 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.