Erb's Palsy / Brachial Plexus Lawsuits
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Erb’s Palsy is a paralysis or weakness of an infant’s arm caused
by injury to the brachial plexus, the nerves that provide feeling and
movement to the fingers, hands, and arms. Infants who sustain this
birth injury may need physical therapy or surgery and may be permanently disabled for
life. In very severe cases, the child will have complete lack of use of
the arm, it will atrophy, and hang bent inward all their lives.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s Palsy is usually the result of injury at birth caused when
the infant’s delivery is not properly managed by the doctor or midwife.
It occurs when an infant’s shoulder becomes stuck on the mother’s
pelvic bone during delivery, the doctor or midwife has failed to anticipate
the situation and exerts too much force on the baby. This can happen in
a variety of circumstances: with prolonged labor, a breech presentation,
a large baby, with vacuum-forceps, forceps, and with other instruments
used by doctors during labor and delivery.
Common Erb’s Palsy Brachial Plexus Injuries
There are four different types of brachial plexus injuries:
- Neuropraxia: A stretching of the nerve. This is the most common type of
brachial plexus injury.
- Neuroma: A tearing and then healing of the nerve, which creates scar tissue.
- Rupture: A tearing of the nerve, but not at its attachment to the spine.
- Avulsion: A complete tearing of the nerve from the spine, the most severe
type of injury.
Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy
Infants with Erb’s Palsy have one or more of the following problems:
- The infant does not move the arm or shoulder
- The arm is bent inward and toward the body
- The arm is weak or lack of reflexes
- The arm or hand have no feeling or sensation
- The arm is limp or paralyzed
- There is no muscle control in the wrist, hand, or arm
What to Do if Your Child has Erb’s Palsy
If you suspect or have been told that your baby has Erb’s Palsy,
you should have your child seen as soon as possible by a pediatric neurologist
who will examine your baby, run tests, make a definitive diagnosis, and
recommend treatment for your child. Having a child with Erb’s Palsy
can result in serious hardship, both for your child and your family. Your
child will in all likelihood need prolonged special physical and occupational
therapy and may need adaptive equipment as well.
We Can Fight for Justice and Your Family’s Future
If your infant has sustained injury during delivery and you believe a medical
professional should be held responsible, we urge you to contact
a New York birth injury attorney at Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. We are dedicated to working hard
to help you get the recovery your child deserves. We understand that there
is no amount of money that can compensate for suffering, but we also know
that a monetary recovery can provide the expensive medical care that your
child will need. We are prepared to provide compassionate legal guidance
through this difficult time.
Call Mirman, Markovits & Landau, P.C. at (855) 295-4737 to discuss your case today, or
request your free case evaluation online.