There are few experiences more distressing than seeing your newborn baby left with serious injuries due to a problematic birth. This is even more true when medical negligence results in your child developing Erb's palsy, a nerve condition that can result in lifelong disability.
If your child has been left with because of mistakes made by medical professionals, you're likely to be searching for answers. At Switalskis, we understand what you're going through. We understand your distress, and we're here to stand beside you and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our experienced team of medical negligence solicitors is dedicated to handling compensation claims, making sure your voice is heard and your child gets the compensation they deserve. We offer compassionate legal support at this difficult time, ensuring that the complexities of the claims process are made as simple and straightforward as possible. We'll do everything in our power to secure the best possible outcome for your case, so you can focus on what really matters - the wellbeing of your child.
Speak to one of our specialist solicitors in confidence by calling us on 0800 1380 458 , and we'll discuss the details of your medical negligence claim in greater detail. You can also contact us through the website .
At Switalskis, we're more than just a team of expert medical negligence solicitors with many years of experience - we're allies in your fight for answers. We specialise in supporting families dealing with the consequences of Erb's palsy, and we take on every case with an understanding and determined approach, turning complex legal processes into simple, manageable steps.
Our team includes solicitors who are accredited as specialists by both the Law Society and the patients’ charity, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) . We’re also recognised as being among the top clinical negligence teams in England by The Legal 500 UK, the foremost legal guide for clients.
When you choose us to help you claim compensation, we will:
We believe that it's important to understand what went wrong and why your child was subject to medical negligence resulting in Erb's palsy. At Switalskis, we’ll provide you with the advice and support you need each step of the way, to give you peace of mind and to secure you fair compensation to help you rebuild your life.
Erb's palsy, which is also called brachial plexus paralysis or brachial plexus palsy, is a condition that affects the brachial plexus - a network of nerves near the neck that control movement and sensation in the arm and hand. It's often caused by a birth injury, particularly during difficult deliveries where the baby's shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother's pubic bone. This complication is also known as shoulder dystocia.
When these nerves are stretched, compressed or torn, it can lead to weakness, loss of feeling, or even total paralysis in the affected arm. The impact of this nerve damage can range from mild to severe. In some cases, the condition could last a lifetime.
One of the hardest things about is that it's often preventable. It can occur due to medical negligence during the birth process, such as if a doctor or midwife applies excessive force to the baby's head and neck while handling shoulder dystocia. It may also happen when medical professionals fail to take the correct action in response to signs of potential complications.
Understanding is the first step towards seeking answers. That's where we, as your dedicated solicitors, come in. Speak to us and we can help you understand everything you need to know about the impact of this condition and the support you’ll need, as well as how this might affect the amount of compensation you can claim.
Depending on which nerves have been mainly affected, children with Erb’s palsy are divided into four groups. As well as the symptoms, the grouping relates to prognosis, with 1 being the most favourable and 4 the worst.
The groups are as follows:
Very infrequently there is Klumpke’s paralysis, which involves the seventh and eighth cervical (C7, C8) and the first (TH1) nerves. The result is a flaccid (floppy) paralysis of the hand that is often associated with Horner syndrome.
If you believe your child's was caused by medical negligence during birth, you may have grounds to make a compensation claim. This could be due to a number of causes - let's consider a few examples:
In each of these scenarios, there could be a case for medical negligence, making an compensation claim possible. The key will be proving that your child's injury was the direct consequence of mistakes or negligent behaviour on behalf of the medical staff in charge of the mother and baby's care.
To have grounds to make a medical negligence claim, you'll need to be able to demonstrate the following:
Establishing this proof is a standard part of the medical negligence claims process, and as your solicitors, it'll be our job to prove this in order to create a strong foundation for your case.
We understand that the prospect of making a compensation claim can seem daunting. But at Switalskis, we're here to guide you through every step of the process. We've broken it down into six main stages to make it as clear and straightforward as possible:
We'll guide you through every stage of this journey, always keeping you informed and making sure your voice is heard. Our team of solicitors will be on hand to provide expert advice and support, fighting for the compensation that you and your child deserve.
Generally, you have three years from the date of the incident to make a claim. However, if the claim is for a child, this three-year limit doesn't start until their 18th birthday. That means a claim can be made on behalf of a child any time before they turn 18, and they can make a claim themselves anytime between 18 and 21.
At Switalskis, we can help you understand if you have a valid claim and guide you through the next steps. We recommend that you get in touch with us as soon as possible, in order to make sure that there's no risk of missing any deadlines that might apply.
Worried about how to fund your claim? Let's put those concerns to rest. At Switalskis, we believe that everyone should have access to justice, no matter their financial situation. That's why we offer different funding options to best suit your circumstances, including:
We'll talk about all these options during our initial consultation to make sure we find the one that suits you best. We want to help you secure the compensation you and your child deserve, in a way that's as stress-free and straightforward as possible.
Every child with is unique, and treatment plans are tailored to their individual needs. These can depend on factors such as the severity of the birth injuries, the specific nerves affected, and the child's general health. Here are some of the most common treatment options:
It's important to remember that the cost of these treatments, any necessary aids or adaptations, and the future care needs of your child can all be factored into an compensation claim. At Switalskis, we’ll work diligently to make sure that all your child's current and future needs are considered. Our goal is to secure a settlement that not only recognises the harm done, but also helps secure the best possible future for your child.
When considering the potential compensation you might receive from an claim, it's vital to remember that the final sum is always calculated based on the specific circumstances of each case. This means the precise figure can be quite complex to determine.
At Switalskis, we take into account several factors when estimating a potential compensation amount. This includes:
Remember, compensation is not just about recouping costs: it's also about securing a safer and more comfortable future for your child.
We know this can feel like a daunting process, but rest assured, our expert solicitors are here to guide you every step of the way. As each case is unique, we encourage you to contact us directly.
Birth trauma can cast a shadow over what should be one of the happiest times of your life. But remember, you’re not alone. If your family has been impacted by due to mistakes made by a medical professional, get in touch with the specialist team of solicitors at Switalskis today.
Our legal experts are here to listen, understand your unique circumstances, and fight for the best possible outcome for you and your child. Call 0800 1380 458 or contact us through the website to discuss your concerns in confidence with a legal specialist.