Erb's Palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy caused when the baby's upper group of nerves controlling the arms are damaged or severed because of dystocia during a difficult birth. It is frequently caused in instances when the baby's head and neck are pulled to one side as the body enters the birth canal. Erb's palsy may also result if the doctor or midwife pulls using excessive force on the shoulders during an otherwise normal cephalic (head first) birth.
The results of Erb's palsy can be devastating on the baby and the family. While treatment can have a positive effect, babies born with the condition may be left with permanent arm weakness, immobility and pain as they mature into adulthood, requiring years of physical therapy and medical treatment.
Is Erb's Palsy Always The Result Of Medical Malpractice?
In many cases, Erb's palsy is the result of decisions made or not made in the delivery room, including the decision to delay a C-section . In other cases, the baby may have been born without the condition, if the doctor or licensed midwife had used proper care and procedures while the baby was in the birth canal.
If your baby was born with Erb's palsy, the circumstances may be the result of negligence on the part of the doctor or delivery room staff monitoring the mother and child's signs. You won't know and the hospital isn't likely to tell you.
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At Alvin F. de Levie & Associates, birth injury attorney Alvin F. de Levie offers extensive experience aggressively representing families in birth injury cases such as:
- Erb's palsy, brachial plexus palsy
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
- Shoulder dystocia
Contact Us For A Free Consultation With An Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer
Schedule a free consultation to discuss your baby's Erb's palsy birth injury with an attorney at our firm as soon as possible. We will review the circumstances and medical records, and explain your options for pursuing full and fair compensation for your child's injury.
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