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Erb's Palsy

As you may know a woman's labor and delivery of a child places a lot of stress on both the child and the mother. While most deliveries proceed without issue to the mother or infant, current research suggests that as many as 3 out of every 1,000 children born, the child will sustain a brachial plexus injury, resulting in Erb’s Palsy. In some cases this injury is the result of medical malpractice or negligence of the doctor, nurse or medical care provider. If your baby has suffered from a birth injury, such as Erb’s Palsy, contact our Law Firm today for a free consultation.

The medical condition Erb’s Palsy occurs when the brachial plexus, a group of nerves controlling the shoulder, arm, and hand movements, is damaged. This injury usually occurs as a result of shoulder dystocia, when the baby’s shoulder is caught behind the mother’s pelvic area during delivery causing the shoulder muscles and nerves to stretch or rip. This rip or tear may be the result of the baby being pulled by the doctor while its shoulder is wedged behind the mother’s pelvis. While most babies that damage the brachial plexus during delivery regain their normal capabilities, some have serious injuries of varying degree, such as no muscle control or feeling in the arm or hand; limited or no use of the shoulder or elbow muscles; restricted use and control of the wrist.

Erb’s Palsy or a Brachial Plexus Injuries include:

  • Delay in normal development.
  • Head tilts to one side due to a shortened neck muscle.
  • Range of motion of the shoulder, arm or hand is limited.
  • A limp or paralyzed arm.
  • Sporadic changes in sensation or feeling in the shoulder, arm or hand.
  • Muscles in the shoulder, arm or hand are weakened.
  • Inability to perform average activities involving the shoulder, arm or hand.

These types of Erb’s palsy injuries can have devastating effects on the life of the victim and their family. Financial struggle, long-term pain, and social inability are just a few of the hardships that a victim of Erb’s palsy will endure. If your baby suffers Erb’s palsy due to a brachial plexus as the result of medical malpractice, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries resulting from a brachial plexus injury. You deserve answers to your questions and to know what options you have.


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