Houston Klumpke’s Palsy Attorneys
Klumpke’s Palsy, or Klumpke’s Paralysis, is a form of partial paralysis commonly caused by an injury at birth. Birth injuries are typically avoidable if the overseeing physician and delivery team take the appropriate precautions. Despite the wealth of world-class medical institutions in the greater Houston area, doctors do not always meet a satisfactory standard of care. If your newborn has suffered as a result of subpar medical attention, your family could face lifelong financial and emotional challenges as a result.
In the aftermath of a difficult delivery, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of which step to take next. A skilled attorney can help you make sense of your situation. The Houston birth injury lawyers at Williams Hart have been fighting on behalf of families affected by serious birth injuries for decades. We know what it takes to go up against powerful medical institutions when they have failed to fulfill their obligation to your family.
When a birth injury threatens your child’s development and future, we are ready to stand with you and fight for the compensation that you need. While the physical, emotional, and financial damage caused by a medical error can be traumatic, a fair settlement or verdict can provide you with the resources that you need to cope. If your child has sustained a birth injury, we are prepared to help. Reach out to us today at (713) 352-7071 or online for a free consultation with a knowledgeable Houston Klumpke’s Palsy attorney.
Do I Need a Klumpke’s Palsy Lawyer?
Holding the responsible parties accountable for your child’s birth injury can quickly become a complicated legal matter. Even if you have a case, the hospital is hardly going to make it easy for you. It is important to remember that hospitals have highly skilled attorneys on staff as well as world-class insurance coverage.
An important function of these comprehensive insurance policies protects the hospital and their employees from liability in the event that they are sued. For this reason, if you are serious about filing a claim against a medical institution, a physician, and/or a nurse, reach out to an attorney who knows how to effectively manage these cases.
Similarly, it is paramount that you understand how much your case is worth. If you are unsure about what constitutes a suitable financial settlement, you could be vulnerable to accepting a lowball offer from the at-fault party. While quick money may give you the immediate resources to fund your child’s treatment in the short term, this money will eventually run out, leaving you footing the bill for future expenses, which could be considerable.
Your birth injury attorney will investigate the facts of your case, interview witnesses, consult with medical experts, collect all necessary documentation, and determine how much you should be paid for your child’s ordeal. When someone else is responsible for the obstacles that your newborn faces, a personal injury lawyer makes sure that you do not settle for less than your child deserves.
Why Hire Williams Hart to Handle My Case?
At Williams Hart, we are focused on serving greater Houston. We use our knowledge, experience, and skill to help members of the community who have been harmed by the careless actions of others. Since 1983, we have been fighting for Houston families. This experience has given us invaluable insight into how to best advocate for our clients. The proof of our experience is in the results we have achieved: settlements and verdicts totaling billions of dollars for those who need it most.
When it comes to your rights, we never compromise. Following a serious birth injury, we know you may feel overlooked and underserved by the medical system as bills pile up, your child experiences developmental delays, and you must deal with the burden of undue stress. The birth injury lawyers at Williams Hart are ready to stand with you and fight for your child’s rights.
Our attorneys are committed to clear and open communication. We will never give you the runaround when it comes to your situation. We have enough first-hand experience to know what to reliably expect as we work on your case. We are committed to remaining open and transparent with you every step of the way. Additionally, we know how intimidating the thought of hiring a lawyer can be. For this reason, we offer a free consultation to give you a clear idea of how a Williams Hart lawyer can help you.
Klumpke’s Palsy Cases We Handle
Klumpke’s Palsy is caused by trauma to the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network responsible for providing the nerve supply to the surrounding muscles, skin, and arms. This nerve network is located near the shoulder but stretches both down the arm and toward the spine. Data collected by the Washington University School of Medicine’s Brachial Plexus Center reveals that about 1 in every 5,000 births results in a brachial plexus injury.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) indicates that this injury can occur when a baby’s shoulder is stretched as it passes through the birth canal.
There are four main types of brachial plexus injuries:
- Avulsion – This most severe in which the nerve is severed from the spine.
- Rupture – The nerve is torn, but this tear does not occur at the spine.
- Neuroma – A build-up of scar tissue blocking the neural pathways.
- Neuropraxia – Typically the least severe injury in which the nerve is damaged or overstretched.
The recovery rate for neuropraxia brachial plexus injuries is about 90% to 100% and is often achieved within six months. Unfortunately, when newborns suffer serious brachial plexus injuries, they may never experience full functionality in their hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder.
Klumpke’s Palsy Symptoms
Those who suffer from Klumpke’s Palsy, or Klumpke’s Paralysis, have limited control over the muscles in their extremities. In some instances, Klumpke’s Palsy can result when a particularly large infant is delivered by a smaller woman.
Though brachial plexus injuries can occur accidentally, they are often caused when the delivering physician extracts the child improperly by pulling the infant out by its arm outstretched over its head. If not extracted with an appropriate amount of care, the first thoracic nerve (T1) and the eighth cervical nerve (C8) could be permanently damaged.
In the most serious cases of Klumpke’s Palsy, patients display a “claw hand.” In this instance, the muscles around the wrist and fingers tighten, leaving the hand in a claw shape. In addition, the following are other common symptoms of Klumpke’s Palsy:
- Paralyzed arm
- Limpness in the arm
- Muscle weakness
- Joint stiffness
- Acute pain
- Muscle atrophy
- Horner’s Syndrome
Each injury and its accompanying symptoms vary depending on the birthing circumstances and the severity of the injury. Physicians and medical staff tasked with delivering babies are trained to use gentle and precise movements to protect the child throughout the delivery. If the actions of the healthcare providers during the delivery were subpar, however, their acts or omissions could impact your child for the rest of their life. If your child has been injured during the delivery process, we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
If your child has been diagnosed with Klumpke’s Palsy, we know you may feel apprehensive about what’s to come. How will your child develop? What can you do for them? Who is responsible for your child’s injury? We welcome any and all of your concerns. Read over our frequently asked questions and reach out to one of our Klumpke’s Palsy lawyers at (713) 352-7071 for a free case evaluation and further information.
Who Exactly Am I Suing?
Depending on the specifics of your case, the liable party may be the overseeing doctor, nurse, or medical facility, or a combination. If the doctor is ultimately responsible for your child’s injury, the hospital may be vicariously liable for the injury due to negligent hiring practices, negligent supervision, or other reasons. A seasoned birth injury lawyer will look at the facts of your case and determine all possible sources of compensation.
What is Vicarious Liability?
An employer may be held responsible for the negligent actions of their employees under the legal doctrine known as “respondeat superior.” In other words, the employer can be held legally responsible for the actions of its employee or employees while they were on the clock, i.e., within the scope of their employment. An employer-employee relationship must exist; employers are generally not liable for the actions of an independent contractor. There are some exceptions to this rule; your attorney will be able to give you an idea if an institution can be held responsible for the actions of an individual doctor or nurse under the unique facts in your case.
When Should I File?
If your child has been the victim of a birth injury that led to Klumpke’s Palsy, reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. Texas imposes a strict time limit to file a medical malpractice claim in court. Even when you are quick to take legal action, it can take a long time to reach a conclusion. If you are serious about recovering compensation as soon as possible, get in touch with a lawyer sooner than later.
Reach Out to a Klumpke’s Palsy Lawyer Today
The unfortunate truth is that your child’s Klumpke’s Palsy injury could have probably been avoided. The Houston lawyers at Williams Hart are here to make sure that your family gets the justice that you deserve. When your child needs a champion, we are ready to step up and make sure that your family has the necessary resources to help your child cope with their injuries. Reach out to us today at (713) 352-7071, fill out our website response form, or speak with us via live chat to discuss your case. Our firm maintains a moral commitment to helping members of the greater Houston community.