Erb’s Palsy happens when the nerves connecting the spinal cord and neck to the shoulder and arm become injured, stretched or severed. The most common reason for this injury is shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth, which is when the baby’s head is stretched away from the shoulder.
Erb’s Palsy symptoms can range from mild to severe. In general, Erb’s Palsy symptoms include a limp or paralyzed arm, little or no muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist, and / or a lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand.
Erb’s Palsy symptoms depend on which nerve was injured, the site of the nerve injury and its severity. In some babies, Erb’s Palsy symptoms might not be obvious, especially if the injury is mild. Erb’s Palsy symptoms sometimes appear a while after the injury, while others can even clear up on their own.
In mild cases such as neurapraxia (stretched nerves), Erb’s Palsy symptoms can disappear on their own in a matter of weeks or months. In more severe cases where the nerve is severed, Erb’s Palsy symptoms will not go away on their own. In this case the baby may need surgeries and rehabilitative treatment, possibly for many years.
If your baby experienced shoulder dystocia or any other difficulties during birth, keep a careful watch for Erb’s Palsy symptoms. For injuries that do need treatment or rehabilitation, the earlier you can intervene, the better your child’s chances are to get better.
Help is Available
If it is determined that your child’s Erb’s Palsy injury was caused by medical negligence or improper medical care, an Erb’s Palsy lawsuit is a resource to help ease some of the financial burden of caring for a child with Erb’s Palsy.
Sokolove Law has over 30 years of experience in birth injury law. Our Erb’s Palsy attorneys have helped many families whose child suffered a birth injury that resulted in Erb’s Palsy, brachial plexus palsy or another birth injury. All you have to do to start is pick up the phone and call us. There is no cost to you for us to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit. Sokolove Law only gets paid if you receive money from your case.