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What Causes Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy can be sustained during delivery as the result of a birth emergency known as shoulder dystocia. The baby’s shoulder may become stuck on the mother’s pubic bone causing the nerves which control movement and feeling in the shoulder, arm, and hand to be injured. As a result, the baby may suffer severe limitations in the movement of their arm.

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What’s the problem?

Erb’s palsy is the result of a nerve injury. All the arm’s nerves are connected to a group of nerves near the neck which is called the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus nerves are responsible for feeling and motion in the hand, fingers, and arm.

Causes of Erb’s Palsy

Although adults can suffer from Erb’s palsy following a spinal or shoulder injury, for the most part, this condition develops before or during birth.
Common causes of erbs palsy in infants include:

  • Breech delivery, in which the baby is facing the wrong direction (feet first, rather than head first) during the delivery process
  • Delivery problems, which can lodge the baby in the birth canal
  • Excessive pulling on the baby’s shoulders during delivery
  • Fetal birth injury, injury that occurs before birth when the baby is still in the womb

Most cases of Erb’s palsy are due to stretching of the nerve and will heal within six to twelve months of delivery; stretching shocks the nerve, but rarely leaves permanent damage. Occasionally a stretch injury will cause scar tissue form around healthy nerves; in this case recovery may not be total. Cases in which the nerves are torn are the most serious and will not completely heal on their own. In rare instances the nerve is actually torn apart from the spinal cord; this is called an avulsion. It is estimated that fewer than ten percent of brachial plexus birth injuries result in permanent paralysis or impairment.

Do I have an Erb’s Palsy Lawsuit?

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