Erb’s Palsy describes a brachial plexus nerve injury, which can be suffered by a baby during child birth. If the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone, the trauma to the shoulder, known as shoulder dystocia, could result in permanent damage to the nErb’s Palsy Definitionerves which control movement and feeling in the shoulder, arm, and hand.
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What’s the problem?
The most common cause of Erb’s palsy is dystocia, an abnormal or difficult childbirth or labor. For example, it can occur if the infant’s head and neck are pulled toward the side at the same time as the shoulders pass through the birth canal. The condition can also be caused by excessive pulling on the shoulders during a vertex presentation (head first delivery), or by pressure on the raised arms during a breech (feet first) delivery.
Erb’s Palsy Symptoms
The symptoms of a brachial plexus injury differ depending on the extent of the nerve damage suffered. Some babies are able to recover completely within a few months. However, many babies are left with permanent nerve damage which limits their use of the arm. Erb’s Palsy symptoms may include:
- limp or paralyzed arm
- lack of muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist
- lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand
Although minor Erb’s palsy injuries will typically clear up on their own, more severe cases may require long-term treatment. In especially serious cases of Erb’s palsy, patients may never fully recover feeling or movement in the affected arm.
Do I have an Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?
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