If your child had a difficult birth, you may have heard the term “Erb’s Palsy.” What is Erb’s Palsy anyway?
Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Plexus Palsy) is a birth injury. Its symptoms are no feeling or weakness in the arm or shoulder. Erb’s Palsy happens when the collection of nerves around the shoulder are damaged during a difficult delivery.
What is Erb’s Palsy then? In short, Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury. And it is often preventable.
What is Erb’s Palsy and some of its causes? This birth injury can be caused by:
- The baby's head and neck pulling toward the side as the shoulders pass through the birth canal
- Pulling the baby’s shoulders during a head-first delivery
- Pulling on the baby’s feet during a feet-first (breech) delivery, which puts too much pressure on the infant’s raised arms
Any of these causes can be caused by medical negligence, such as the doctor using excessive force when delivering the baby.
What is an Erb’s Palsy prognosis?
Most babies with Erb’s Palsy have a mild injury, which should heal on its own. But there are many cases where they won’t heal on their own. These babies might need treatment such as therapy or even surgery.
What is an Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?
Erb’s Palsy can sometimes mean a lifetime of expensive care for a child. Unfortunately, some cases of this injury are caused by improper medical care during delivery. If it is determined that your child’s Erb’s Palsy was caused by medical negligence or improper medical care, a lawsuit can be a resource to help ease some of the financial burden of caring for a child with Erb’s Palsy. A lawsuit may also help prevent a similar situation from happening to another family.
Call a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today. A nurse case manager will listen to your story and help you explore your options, which may include pursuing an Erb’s Palsy lawsuit. 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.