What Is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy (also called brachial plexus or brachial palsy) damages the nerves in the shoulder affecting the upper arm and the ability to rotate the lower arm. Brachial plexus can require many surgeries and extensive physical and occupational therapy. Even with immediate and appropriate medical treatment, the child may not have the full use of the arm. Playing a musical instrument, sports activities, and future employment could be at risk.
When Medical Negligence Causes Erb’s Palsy
Obstetricians are trained to deal with difficult deliveries. A doctor should recognize when a fetus is at risk and take immediate action. A larger-than-average fetus or a breech position are warning signs that the baby could be at risk for Erb’s palsy.
When a baby is in a difficult position during birth, it is imperative that the doctor make correct decisions. This includes using an appropriate amount of force and proper maneuvers to deliver the baby. If the risk of Erb’s palsy is high the doctor should make the patient aware of the availability of a C-section. If the doctor does not realize the problem and pulls too hard, birth trauma and Erb’s palsy can be the result.
Severity of Erb’s Palsy Injuries
Erb’s Palsy Birth Risk Factors
Contact O’Connor, Parsons, Lane & Noble for Help
Our attorneys have extensive experience dealing with cases involving birth-related injuries. We have handled Erb’s palsy cases resulting in verdicts and settlements in the tens of millions for our clients.
When handling an Erb’s palsy case, our lawyers consult with medical experts and life care planners to determine what it will cost to care for a person with Erb’s palsy. In addition to the child’s problems, we seek compensation for the parents’ emotional distress. Reorganizing your life and priorities to care for a disabled child you love and cherish can require emotional support.
If your child has suffered the birth injury Erb’s palsy call or email us today. The initial consultation is free, confidential, and you are under no obligation. Contact us online or call at 1-908-928-9200 or 1-800-586-5817