Erb’s Palsy, also known as brachial plexus palsy, is caused by injury to the network of nerves around the shoulder, called the brachial plexus. This childbirth injury occurs during labor and delivery when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck. In an attempt to deliver the baby, pulling on the baby’s head can cause these nerves to stretch or tear. In many cases, this injury may be the result of medical negligence or improper medical care. Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy are usually evident soon after birth. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about one in 1,000 babies has this type of injury*.
Treatment and Prognosis for Erb’s Palsy:
The prognosis for Erb’s Palsy varies based on the severity of the injury. Most babies suffer a mild stretching of the nerve and will recover within three to six months. Many injured children improve or recover by 3-4 months of age**. However, more severe cases may require treatment by specialists. In these severe cases there may be a complete separation of the nerve root from the spinal cord (avulsion).
Complications from Erb’s Palsy:
- Persistent cases of Erb’s Palsy may result in abnormal muscle contractions or tightening of the muscles, which may be permanent.
- Permanent, partial or total loss of function of the affected nerves, causing paralysis of the arm or arm weakness.
What An Erb’s Palsy Lawyer Can do For You:
A lawyer experienced with Erb’s Palsy causes can determine if there is a case for an Erb’s Palsy malpractice lawsuit, which may lead to a financial settlement. While nothing can compensate for the heartache and grief you’ve experienced, we may be able to help you obtain support to help relieve some of the financial burden associated with your child’s disabilities. Birth injury lawsuits also may also help prevent similar situations from happening to other children.
Understandably, families of children who suffer from birth-related injuries are looking for answers. They want to know what went wrong and if it could have been prevented. Often, parents struggle with next steps and are nervous about contacting an attorney. It’s normal to ask yourself “am I doing the right thing?”
It’s important during this process to trust yourself. Like many of the callers we speak to on a daily basis, most had a normal pregnancy and were expecting a healthy child at delivery but something went wrong. They know their child isn’t okay and is not developing like other kids but are unsure of the cause.
If you are concerned about Erb’s Palsy, call Sokolove Law today at 866-562-5292 or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation.