Erb’s palsy victim settles birth injury lawsuit

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A thirteen-year-old girl recently settled a medical malpractice claim against the hospital where she was born. In 1999, she suffered Erb’s palsy during birth, leaving nerves in her shoulder severely damaged.

The plaintifff alleged that the hospital and obstetrician’s negligence caused her permanent disabilities. The hospital contends that its staff bears no responsibility for the girl’s birth injury, yet it agreed to settle the claim for €575,000 – the equivalent of more than $750,000. While this particular medical malpractice lawsuit took place in Ireland, Erb’s palsy is a condition that plagues many American babies.

Injuries to the brachial plexus typically occur when the doctor negligently pulls the infant’s head and neck to the side during delivery. Sometimes shoulder dystocia occurs naturally, too, when the baby’s shoulder gets caught on the mother’s pelvis. Doctors are trained to recognize this complication and act quickly; failing to do so can cause permanent physical damage to the infant’s body.

If your child has suffered serious injuries from a hospital’s negligence there are strict time limits for recovering damages. Contact an experienced Ohio birth injury lawyer to explore your legal options.

Source: IrishTimes.com, “Teenage girl to receive €575,000 over birth injury,” April 18, 2012

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