What is Erb’s Palsy, and how does it occur during childbirth?
Erb’s Palsy Birth Injuries are conditions that affects the network of nerves around the shoulder, typically caused by injury during childbirth. It often occurs when excessive force is exerted on the infant’s head, neck, or shoulders during the delivery process.
What are the common causes during childbirth?
Common causes include the improper management of shoulder dystocia (when the baby’s head is delivered but the shoulders get stuck), the use of excessive force during delivery, or when the baby’s head and neck are pulled to one side during a breech birth.
Can parents make a claim for this type of birth injuries?
Yes, parents can make a claim for Erb’s Palsy birth injuries if they believe it resulted from medical negligence or a substandard level of care during childbirth.
What is the statute of limitations for claims in Ireland?
In Ireland, the general time limit for medical negligence claims is two years from the date of injury or from the date when you became aware of the injury. However, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a solicitor to determine the specific deadlines for your case.
What steps should parents take to make a claim for Erb’s Palsy in Ireland?
To make a claim, parents should:
- Consult with a solicitor: Contact a solicitor who specializes in medical negligence claims to discuss the case.
- Gather evidence: Collect all medical records, relevant documents, and information about the childbirth and injury.
- Consult a medical expert: A medical expert can assess whether the Erb’s Palsy was a result of medical negligence.
- Determine liability: Establish if the healthcare provider’s actions or inactions were responsible for the injury.
- File a claim: Once liability is determined, the solicitor will help parents file a formal claim.
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