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What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy, or Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy, is a birth injury that affects one to two children in every 1,000 and is one of the most common birth injuries following cerebral palsy. Erb’s palsy can occur as a result of a doctor’s negligence, and it is typically caused by excessive stretching or straining of the child’s neck during the delivery process. Below is a thorough explanation of the causes and symptoms of Erb’s palsy and how you may be eligible to pursue legal counsel from a Baltimore birth injury attorney.

What Causes Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury that occurs when the complicated system of nerves in the neck, called the brachial plexus, is damaged during the delivery of a newborn. If a delivery process is difficult, or if there is excessive pulling or strain on the child’s neck or shoulder, Erb’s palsy can be a complication.

What are the Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy?

The brachial plexus is connected to the nerves in the arm and shoulder. This means that, if the brachial plexus is damaged, the mobility, strength and feeling in that arm can be permanently inflicted. If the upper nerves in the brachial plexus are damaged, the child may have limited mobility in the shoulder and arm of the affected side, impacting their ability to move or lift their arm properly. Children with Erb’s palsy often position their arm in an unnatural way; they may hold it extended outwards or tilted toward its side in an unnatural position. This is typically one of the first signs that a birth injury like Erb’s palsy has occurred to a newborn. 

How Can Erb’s Palsy be Treated?

Thankfully, for many newborns who suffer Erb’s palsy during birth, the condition is not permanent. While 80% to 96% of newborns with Erb’s palsy can make a recovery within the first year, depending on the severity, they often require medical treatment and therapeutic services to ensure optimal recovery. With daily physical therapy, and, in some cases, corrective surgery, most children can see positive results and prevent paralysis or immobility in the affected area.

How Do I Know If My Case Qualifies for Legal Counsel?

Birth injuries are often traumatizing for both the children and their parents, and the best chances for optimal recovery often require extensive physical therapy and other medical procedures—treatments that are often costly, especially without proper medical insurance. Parents shouldn’t have to wear the stress and burden of how to afford the medical bills if their child was harmed during birth in a preventable way. You may have a case if your child suffered injuries due to the negligent actions of a medical professional, and the Baltimore birth injury attorneys at The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg can provide skilled representation. 

The Birth Injury Attorneys at The Law Office Of Evan K. Thalenberg Serve Families in and Surrounding Baltimore 

Learning your child suffers from a birth injury is never easy; they require therapy and even surgery to improve or fully recover strength and mobility. Birth injuries are typically uncommon, but when they do occur, is it our responsibility as birth injury attorneys to investigate how the event occurred and if there may have been medical negligence involved. This process is essential for victims of birth injuries to receive the compensation they deserve to cover any medical expenses, therapies and pain and suffering inflicted on the family. If you or someone you know has a child who now suffers from Erb’s palsy as a result of a difficult delivery in which medical negligence may have been a culprit, do not hesitate to contact The Law Office of Evan K. Thalenberg today by calling 800-778-1181 or visiting us here: