Some of the most common birth injuries result from Erb’s (or brachial) palsy. Unfortunately, Erb’s palsy is often the result of complications during child delivery itself, though it can sometimes occur before or some time after delivery.
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What’s the problem?
The condition known as Erb’s palsy is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus—the nerves surrounding the shoulder. Erb’s palsy is not cerebral palsy, because it is not caused by brain injury or brain abnormalities. An Erb’s palsy injury is typically characterized by weakness or paralysis of the arm.
Ninety percent of all Erb’s palsy injury cases in children are the result of child birth complications, particularly shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia is a birth complication that occurs when a child’s shoulders get impacted on a mother’s pelvic bones. An Erb’s palsy injury affects approximately one to two babies for every one thousand births. In many cases, an Erb’s palsy injury is a preventable condition.
The use of forceps, vacuum, or other tools to aid the baby through the birth canal may increase the chance that a baby will suffer from Erb’s Palsy. Some studies have also found a an association between some drugs used to induce labor and Erb’s palsy. However, the condition can also occur when conditions are optimal and a birth appears to proceed with no complications.
Even with surgical intervention, many children with Erb’s Palsy will continue to have some weakness in the shoulder, arm, or hand indefinitely. There may be surgical procedures that can be performed at a later date that might improve function. Our Erb’s palsy lawyers will make sure that any medical malpractice settlement or reward includes payments for future treatment and therapies, as well as for pain and suffering.
Do I have an Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?
The Birth Injury Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, & brachial plexus palsy lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.