When your child has been the victim of a medical error that leads to permanent injury, then the last thing on your mind is a lawsuit. You simply want to learn how to make your child’s life a comfortable and enriching one. However, Erb’s palsy can lead to huge medical bills over the child’s lifetime for treatment and therapy. Erb’s palsy can also significantly limit the child’s future ability to make a living.
Erb’s palsy (Erb-Duchenne Palsy) is the paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the brachial plexus, a grouping of nerve fibers running from the spine through the shoulder. This nerve group sends signals from the brain to the shoulder, arm, and hand.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Obstetric injuries (injuries during birth) of the brachial plexus may be caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult childbirth. Shoulder dystocia is a specific abnormality that can occur when the shoulders are unable to pass the pubic bone during vaginal delivery. Shoulder dystocia is relatively a rare phenomenon, occurring in less 1% of all births each year. However, with rising birth weights rates it becomes much more frequent. Another common cause of Erb’s palsy is excessive pulling on the arm or shoulder during a head first delivery (vertex presentation).
The results of Erb’s palsy can leave the affected limb in severe paralysis. Other common results are atrophy or severe impairment of the muscle ability of the arm. It is also common for the growth of the entire arm to be stunted, leaving the limb smaller and less developed than the unaffected arm.
Working with the right attorney, who is knowledgeable in this type of medical malpractice, can alleviate the stress associated with a serious birth injury and help to fund the care your child needs.
Talk to an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer as Soon as Possible
Our firm has helped many medical malpractice victims obtain financial compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered from Erb’s palsy as the result of the negligence of a doctor, hospital, nurse or other medical professional or facility, call our office today for a free consultation.