Erb’s palsy, also called brachial plexus palsy, is a type of brachial plexus injury. Erb’s palsy children experience difficulties with movement in the affected arm and shoulder. The birth injury of Erb’s palsy is usually a consequence of an obstetrician’s failure to properly handle the delivery complication known as shoulder dystocia, when the baby’s shoulders become stuck in the mother’s pelvic region.
Effects of Erb’s Palsy
A child with Erb’s palsy has severely damaged brachial plexus nerves. The upper arm and shoulder become dysfunctional due to this nerve damage, causing a wide variety of movement difficulties ranging from weakness to paralysis.
Some children will lose complete use of their arm and shoulder and/or loss of feeling, preventing them from leading a normal life. While some children with Erb’s Palsy can make great progress with the help of surgery and physical therapy, other victims will go face each day with a challenging disability.
Malpractice Leading to Erb’s Palsy
Delivery is an inherently risky event and some instances of Erb’s palsy are not preventable. However, the majority of cases result from a medical professional’s lack of competence during delivery.
Experienced birth injury attorneys should have successfully handled many cases where an obstetrician or other medical professional did not order the appropriate tests, failed to identify a mother’s increased risk for shoulder dystocia, or used excessive force on a child during delivery.
Erb’s Palsy Litigation
When a doctor you trust acts erratically and diverts from the accepted standards of care for delivery, he or she can be held legally responsible for the brachial plexus injury that results. Your attorney will need to obtain detailed information about your legal rights to financial compensation and your child’s condition, including Erb’s palsy diagnosis, symptoms and causes.