At Wilt & Klausing, PLLC, our attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the rights of children and their mothers who were injured during pregnancy, birth and delivery as a result of physicians’ negligence. In our years of practice, some of the most serious birth injuries we have seen are Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy.
If your child suffered from one of these injuries, we will represent you as if you were one of our own family member and we will do everything within our power to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.
What Causes Cerebral Palsy (CP)?
There are a variety of things that can cause CP, including when physicians:
- Fail to identify and treat infections – Failing to test for, identify and treat infections in the mother and child can result in the development of CP.
- Delay procedures -Doctors who cause minor delays, especially in cases of cesarean sections, can cut off oxygen to a baby’s brain.
- Improperly use instruments – Trauma to the head and brain can occur when doctors and their staff use instruments such as vacuums and forceps improperly.
CP affects brain and bodily functions and the symptoms of CP may not appear for weeks or months after a child’s birth. Diagnoses usually occur when a child begins to experience development delays, problems with coordination and sensory functions.
What Causes Erb’s (Brachial) Palsy?
Erb’s Palsy, also referred to as Brachial Palsy, occurs when a baby sustains an injury to the brachial plexus. Damage to these nerves can occur when too much pressure is applied to a child’s head or neck during birth. This can happen during breech births or shoulder dystocia when physicians and their staff use forceps and vacuum instruments to extract an infant. Improper use of these instruments can result in the brachial plexus stretching, tearing and rupturing.
Often times, performing a prompt C-section can prevent injuries to the brachial plexus and doctors who fail to do so can be found liable if the child develops Erb’s Palsy.