Nothing is more devastating to a parent than seeing their child harmed, especially when the harm is caused by negligence and has lifelong consequences. At the Guirl Law Firm, we work compassionately and aggressively to obtain compensation for injured newborns. We have extensive experience in cases of debilitating brachial plexus injuries resulting in Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy. Given the advances in modern medicine, these injuries are almost always the result of substandard medical care during delivery. We are determined to hold negligent doctors and hospitals accountable, as we have been doing since 1991.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves around the shoulder. Doctors can cause nerve damage during delivery by forcing the infant’s head and neck to the side, pulling on the infant's arm, or mismanaging a breech birth.
The result of this trauma can be a type of neo-natal brachial plexus palsy called Erb’s palsy, also known as Erb-Duchenne paralysis, in which permanent nerve damage leaves the affected arm weak or paralyzed.
Cerebral palsy is a debilitating condition of the brain that can limit a child’s motor functioning, speech, and intellectual ability. Muscle tone, coordination, and control are diminished and balance is adversely affected. Each case is different; some children who suffer even severe loss of motor functions retain normal cognitive ability. Cerebral palsy can occur naturally as the child develops in utero, or it can be induced by trauma at birth.
Cerebral palsy can be caused at birth if the child is deprived of oxygen, dropped, or pulled too forcefully through the birth canal, as with a forceps or vacuum extraction. A labor lasting longer than 18 hours can also lead to this complication.
Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy are permanent conditions that severely impact a child’s quality of life. Compensation must cover the child's full range of needs for a lifetime. At the Guirl Law Firm, we fight to ensure that our clients get the maximum compensation possible.
Find out how our medical malpractice attorney can recover damages from the St. Louis facilities or professionals who caused you harm. To get the advice you need, and optimal results in your birth injury case, call the Guirl Law Firm any time, 24 hours a day, at 314-399-8051 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.