A woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital in Jefferson County.
The lawsuit alleges that the child suffered a brachial plexus injury. This type of injury can lead to paralysis of the arm, which the infant allegedly did suffer. According to the lawsuit, the injury was suffered in 2008 and the lawsuit itself was filed in January of this year.
The type of injury the infant suffered occurs when the shoulder is pulled downward and the head is pulled upward. This causes a particular type of nerve injury that can result in a condition called Erb’s palsy. This condition is characterized by paralysis of the arm, which the lawsuit alleges that the child does suffer with.
The lawsuit was filed against the doctor responsible for the delivery and the medical center where the child was born. Like many medical malpractice lawsuits, this one alleges that the child was not given adequate care. Birth injuries and the lawsuits that sometimes follow them oftentimes arise because a doctor gave improper care, did not give necessary care when it was needed or took another negligent action or inaction that resulted in the child being harmed.
Like many other birth injury claims, this one alleges that the child is likely to suffer with this condition for a very long time, possibly for the rest of her life. Such injuries can end up costing the person affected a great deal of money over the course of their life and, of course, it can lower their quality of life, affect their chances of getting certain jobs and of participating in certain activities.
Filing a lawsuit over an injury that occurred while a child was being born or before can be complex. A birth injury medical malpractice lawyer will have experts that they can consult with so that they can get a better idea of what happened that led up to the injury and how a physician’s negligence may have played into that injury.
When children are injured in ways that affect them for the rest of their lives, the families sometimes do stand to win compensation for those injuries and that compensation may help the child live a better life. These lawsuits can involve many different types of damages, but an attorney will need to be consulted with to determine exactly which types of damages should be sought in any given case.