Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Plexus Palsy) is a birth injury that is characterized by a loss of movement or weakness in the arm or shoulder. It occurs when the collection of nerves around the shoulder are damaged during a difficult delivery. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about one in 1000 babies has this type of injury.
The good news is that there is a good chance of Erb’s palsy recovery. Most cases are mild, and a full Erb’s Palsy recovery is possible with no intervention.
While some symptoms can disappear on their own, more severe cases can require rehabilitation and in some cases, surgery. Exercises can help build up the arm’s strength and assist with an Erb’s Palsy recovery. Erb’s Palsy exercises should be at the center of any child’s Erb’s Palsy recovery plan.
For more severe cases, in which the nerves are torn, the chances of an Erb’s palsy recovery are somewhat smaller. Surgery can help kids regain feeling and range of motion in the affected areas and in some cases may even lead to a full Erb’s Palsy recovery.
There are three main Erb’s Palsy surgeries:
- Neurolysis—freeing a nerve from perineural adhesions
- Neurotization—nerve transfer
- Nerve grafting—nerve implantation or transplantation
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 can help with the ongoing costs of care.