Another common birth injury is Erb's palsy. Most often the result of extreme stretching of nerves in the shoulder during birth, this condition causes paralysis and subsequent underdevelopment of the arm. The shoulder trauma — technically termed shoulder dystocia — that causes the injury occurs in about 1 percent of vaginal births when the shoulder becomes lodged in place. Protecting a child from this injury takes vigilance and care on the part of the attendant physician. Unlike cerebral palsy, the effects of Erb's Palsy may be successfully treated in some cases with therapy and surgery.
Clients whose children have suffered these and many other types of birth injury have received assistance from the lawyers at the Orange County offices of Sean M. Burke. If your child suffers from cerebral palsy or another condition, please contact these successful birth injury attorneys serving the greater Los Angeles area.
Damages In A Birth Injury Case
Monetary damages can be awarded in a birth injury judgment for several different types of loss. The largest portion is usually allocated for economic damages; that is, the loss of money due to the cost of medical care and the impairment to the child's earning power throughout life. Non-economic damages can also be awarded to compensate the victims for physical and emotional distress, but California restricts this portion of damages to $250,000 or less. Punitive damages may be awarded only if the plaintiff proves that the responsible physician caused the birth injury with malicious intent.
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If you and your child have experienced unnecessary financial and emotional hardship thanks to a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, contact the attorneys at the Los Angeles area offices of personal injury lawyer Sean M. Burke today. Set up a consultation with one of these successful birth injury lawyers in Orange County to start the process of moving beyond this traumatic experience.