Family of JMW Erb’s Palsy client raise awareness of condition
Yesterday, the family of our client Callum Sharp spoke to BBC Radio Northampton about their case to raise awareness of the condition Erb's Palsy.
Erb's Palsy is a birth injury that can be caused if incorrect manoeuvres are used to free a child when its shoulder becomes stuck during delivery. It occurs when nerve damage is caused to the shoulder, leading to paralysis of the arm and a significant disability for the child.
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust, which was responsible for Callum's delivery, admitted that if the correct procedure to free him had been followed, his injury would not have been caused. They have since apologised to his family and by speaking about this to their local media, his parents hope to improve safety levels for other mothers and babies.
The medical negligence solicitors at JMW have represented many children who have been affected by Erb's Palsy. It can have a significant impact on their lives, as with limited use of an arm, many activities other children take for granted are much more difficult. In addition, certain jobs will be off limits to them, leaving their parents with many concerns about their future.
Erb's Palsy children need a range of specialist equipment and therapy to help them and their families to cope with their disability. That's why if their condition has been caused through medical negligence, it is vital families seek legal advice. With support from a medical negligence lawyer, families can fight for the compensation that will help them to support their child and ensure their future is secure.