Erb’s Palsy Diagnosis

Has your child been given an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis? Learn more about what an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis means for your child.

Erb’s Palsy, or brachial plexus palsy, is a condition where an infant has suffered nerve damage in the part of the neck that connects to all of the nerves in the shoulder and arm. “Palsy” means weakness, so an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis is given to infants who experience varying degrees of weakness in the arm, elbow or fingers due to damage in the neck muscles during birth. This usually happens during a difficult delivery when the baby’s neck muscles are stretched to the side.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about one in 1,000 babies has this type of injury.

The good news is that most babies who receive an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis will eventually recover from their condition. If the nerves are simply damaged or injured, movement and feeling may eventually return to the child’s affected arm.

Sometimes an Erb’s Palsy diagnosis reveals that more serious damage has occurred. Brachial plexus avulsion is when the nerve root is severed or cut from the spinal cord. This serious birth injury leaves no chance that the healing will happen on its own. In some cases, the effects of the torn nerve can be helped by surgery.

Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit

An Erb’s Palsy diagnosis can be just the start of a lifetime of expensive care if the injury is serious. Erb’s Palsy can occur when childbirth is not properly managed. A doctor might use too much force pulling a newborn by the neck and shoulder. The result can be torn, stretched or compressed nerves.

If your baby has Erb’s Palsy, think back to your delivery. If the birth injury could have been prevented with proper medical care, Sokolove Law may be able to help. Sokolove Law is staffed with experienced nurse case managers and legal professionals. Your actions can help prevent future medical negligence. If medical negligence is found, a settlement from an Erb’s Plasy lawsuit can help with the ongoing costs of care.