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What Is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy is a form of a brachial plexus injury and results from damage to the nerves that supply the muscles of the arm. Brachial plexus injuries can cause partial to complete paralysis of the shoulder, upper arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand, or fingers. There are varying levels of severity of brachial plexus injury depending upon whether the affected nerve is actually detached from the spinal cord, ruptured, overstretched, or compressed by scar tissue.

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Why Choose Regan Zambri Long as Your Erb’s Palsy Birth Injury Lawyer?

As Erb’s palsy lawyers in Washington, DC, Regan Zambri Long PLLC has over three decades of experience litigating these cases in the DC area. Many of these injuries are caused by avoidable errors by the doctor or nurse-midwife who delivered the baby.

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Regan Zambri Long has an established reputation in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. We are an experienced, trusted partner, that has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our medical malpractice clients. We do everything in our power to win the maximum compensation you are entitled to and ensure you get the justice you deserve.

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What Are the Common Causes Of Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy can occur when the brachial plexus nerves are damaged during the delivery of an infant. Often, these injuries were preventable but medical practitioners failed to meet the standard duty of care. Some of the main causes of Erb’s palsy and brachial plexus injuries that we see at our firm include:

  • Shoulder dystocia – The majority of these birth injuries are the result of a birthing “emergency” called shoulder dystocia. When the medical professional fails to plan ahead for safe delivery or fails to perform the proper moves to deliver the baby safely, it can result in one or both of the infant’s shoulders becoming stuck inside the mother’s pelvic bone.
  • Improper use of vacuum extraction or forceps – Improper use of birthing tools like vacuum extractor or forceps can cause damage to the baby’s head and brachial plexus nerves.
  • Breech birth – Sometimes, the baby can get turned around in the womb and will be positioned to be delivered feet first. This can create pressure on the baby’s head, neck, and shoulders and cause tearing of the brachial plexus. It is the medical professional’s responsibility to order a C-section in the case of a breech birth to prevent injuries from occurring; failure to do so could result in Erb’s palsy.
  • Other labor/delivery complications – This includes but is not limited to induced labor, the second stage of labor lasting more than one hour, an infant’s head and shoulders stretching or pulling during delivery, and more.

Whatever the case may be for you and your child, you can trust our team of respected DC medical malpractice lawyers to lead you through the process of recovering compensation for the medical malpractice that caused your child’s condition.

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy?

Any medical professional or facility can be held responsible if negligence played a part in your child’s birth injury. For example, if a doctor had delayed performing a Caesarian section, resulting in the infant getting stuck in the birth canal, you would be able to hold the doctor liable for your child’s injuries.

Some common forms of medical negligence that may cause Erb’s palsy include:

However, it can be difficult without an experienced Erb’s palsy attorney to determine whether the injury was caused by negligence. That’s why it’s so important to speak with a medical negligence law firm that has the skills and knowledge needed to hold negligent medical professionals accountable for their actions.

How Can the Birth Injury Lawyers At Regan Zambri Long Help With My Erb’s Palsy Case?

Erb’s palsy and other brachial plexus injuries often result from medical malpractice or carelessness by medical professionals. Our team of Erb’s palsy lawyers in Washington, DC will go above and beyond to build your case and help you prove the medical negligence that caused your child’s brachial plexus palsy condition.

Meet with a top Erb’s palsy attorney in DC at Regan Zambri Long today to find out if a legal claim is a right path for you. There is no cost or obligation for this free consultation. We will review the details of your case, and help you find out how to get started claiming compensation for your losses. Call 202-960-4596 today or schedule a consultation now.

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Frequently Asked Questions in an Erb’s Palsy Birth Injury Case

Filing a case for medical malpractice can be a long, exhausting process. That from mental stress to financial burdens. Many parents and legal guardians considering such a case want to know how long it will take, and what to expect.

How Can You Treat Erb’s Palsy?

Assessment and treatment should be initiated as soon as possible. Treatment for a brachial plexus injury includes:

Typically, an infant suffering from Erb’s palsy begins physical or occupational therapy in the first few weeks of life. These children are usually referred to a specialist or a team of specialists that might include a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon, or a neurosurgeon to further assess the injury using a variety of tests and to implement effective treatment.

How Do I Know If I Have an Erb’s Palsy Case?

If you believe your child’s Erb’s Palsy/brachial plexus injury is due to negligence on behalf of your medical team, then you may have a case. Consult with a lawyer, who can help walk you through what you will need to prove a case. This list includes, but is not limited to:

Every birth injury case is different. But they all have one thing in common: Proving your medical team was at fault can be a long, strenuous process. An experienced birth injury lawyer will use medical experts and other resources to determine if the care you received resulted in your child’s birth injury.

How Do I File a Claim For My Child’s Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Case?

If you believe your child’s Erb’s palsy or Brachial Plexus birth injury was due to medical malpractice from your medical care team, the most important thing you need to do is find the right birth injury lawyer. From there, your Erb’s palsy lawyer in DC will follow these steps to make your case:

How Long Will It Take to Win My Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexus Case?

The length of your brain injury case depends on a variety of factors. From jurisdiction to statute of limitations, the details of the injury, and more, it’s hard to predict. Realistically, due to the level of detail required to prove medical malpractice in birth injury cases, it could take years from start to finish for your case to be resolved. An expert medical malpractice lawyer at Regan Zambri Long will be with you every step of the way, no matter how long it takes.

What Does an Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Lawyer in DC Do For My Case?

Even if you feel medical malpractice caused your child’s Erb’s palsy or other birth injury, you have to prove it to win a settlement. This process takes time, care, and experience. Once you give your lawyer the basic facts and details of your experience, they will start building your case. This includes extensive research and interviews as needed, using their medical malpractice experience and track record to build your case.

Hiring a birth injury lawyer means you don’t just receive the best legal representation. It also means your case will be aided by medical experts, who will review the details and offer their professional opinion on if you and your child received the standard of care expected by your medical team. This can be crucial to proving you are owed compensation.

When Looking For a Birth Injury Lawyer in DC, What Should I Be Looking For?

Erb’s palsy and other birth injury cases can be nuanced, complicated cases to prove. It’s critical you are working with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Here are just some of the things you should be looking for when looking for a birth injury lawyer in DC:

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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