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Erb’s Palsy can negatively affect a person’s quality of life. While children and adults can both suffer from Erb’s Palsy, the cause of the condition can vary.

Erb’s palsy can arise when physicians breach the medical standards of care, leading to medical malpractice.

If you wish to discuss your case with a New Mexico medical malpractice attorney, Poulos & Coates, LLP, is ready to help you.

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy is a condition that can affect both infants and adults. It typically arises after an injury during delivery or traumatic force affecting the brachial plexus.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in the shoulder responsible for movement and providing feeling in the shoulder, arm, hands, and fingers. 

Symptoms of Erb’s palsy can include:

  • Partial or total paralysis of the arm;
  • Loss of sensation in the arm;
  • Weakness in the arm; or
  • Limited range of motion of the arm.

A physician can diagnose Erb’s Palsy through imaging, nerve conduction studies, or electromyograms.

Depending on the cause of the condition, an individual may be able to file an Erb’s palsy lawsuit for medical malpractice.

Is Erb’s Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice?

In some cases, a person’s Erb’s Palsy diagnosis is unavoidable and no one’s fault. However, in other situations, a medical professional’s negligence may be the root cause of the diagnosis. 

Erb’s palsy in adults typically arises from trauma to the brachial plexus, after an accident or some event. Most often, medical malpractice leading to Erb’s palsy is seen in infants. This usually occurs when the physician breaches the standard of care owed to patients.

An Erb’s Palsy diagnosis may arise in children after:

  • Pulling forcefully on a baby’s arm during delivery;
  • Failing to deliver by c-section when necessary; or
  • Using certain birthing tools.

If your infant is diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, medical malpractice may have played a significant role. It is wise to discuss your situation with an attorney.

Compensation for Erb’s Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice

If Erb’s palsy malpractice occurs and your child suffers from this condition, you may be entitled to financial recovery. While money cannot fix everything, it can help provide the care your child needs.

Damages for Erb’s Palsy caused by medical malpractice can include:

  • Medical expenses,
  • Long-term care, and
  • Pain and suffering.

Every situation is unique. Your Erb’s palsy lawyer will consider the details of your case and calculate the fairest amount of damages you deserve. Your lawyer will advocate for you and work toward getting you the best possible outcome.

Discuss Your Case with a New Mexico Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Since 2002, Poulos & Coates, LLP, has been helping clients suffering from injuries due to medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice cases can be complex, but our firm is ready to take on even the most challenging cases, going the extra mile for our clients.

Whether your case settles or needs to go to court, we are ready to fight on your behalf to get you the Erb’s palsy compensation you need. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case.

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Greig Coates, M.D., J.D.

Over the last thirty years, Dr. Coates has successfully represented plaintiffs in every conceivable type of medical malpractice lawsuit–from single-physician cases to complex litigation involving over a dozen doctors and several hospitals. Dr. Coates has taken several thousand physician depositions in his career involving every known physician specialty and sub-specialty, and almost as many depositions involving hospital personnel such as nurses, techs, and administrators. He has tried several dozen cases to successful verdicts.

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