Erb’s Palsy – also known as shoulder dystocia – is a medical term for when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone during childbirth. It is an obstetric emergency, requiring quick and careful action by the medical team attending the birth to avoid serious complications. When medical negligence causes or contributes to a person’s Erb’s palsy injury, they can file a lawsuit in order to seek compensation for their losses.
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What’s the problem?
Erb’s palsy refers to the most common form of brachial plexus injury. “Brachial” refers to the arm, and “plexus” refers to a network of nerves. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that transmits signals from the cervical spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Damage to the nerves of the brachial plexus can cause partial or total paralysis of muscles in the shoulder, arm, or hand.
Although Erb’s palsy can occur at any time, most cases happen during birth. During the strain of childbirth, the shoulder of the baby can get caught and stretched behind the pubic symphysis bone (part of the pelvic bone). Once the shoulder is caught, the brachial plexus can be compressed, stretched, or torn.
Many babies with Erb’s Palsy are larger than average at birth. However, newborns of all sizes, including premature babies, can have these injuries. A larger baby will have a greater chance of getting caught behind the pubic symphysis bone and getting injured severely.
Accepted medical protocol exists to deal with this birthing emergency. In the event of shoulder dystocia, the doctor can support the head of the baby and apply a small amount of traction during the dislodging maneuvers. When the doctor uses excessive traction on the head while the baby’s shoulder remains stuck, the brachial plexus nerves in the baby’s neck may suffer injury. Depending on its location, this injury then causes one of the four types of brachial plexus palsy. If these medical errors lead to a birth injury such as Erb’s palsy, you have the legal right to sue for compensation for your medical bills, your child’s pain, and your own trauma.
Do I have a Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?
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