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Erb’s palsy occurs when a baby sustains injury to the nerves around the shoulder. Like many types of birth injury, Erb’s palsy is preventable and could result in lifelong difficulties for your child.
Some children who suffer Erb’s palsy are able to recover function in their arm and shoulder. Others, however, suffer prolonged or permanent disability. Please call the Orlando lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter at (855) 880-4741 today for a free review of your case.
What Is Erb’s Palsy?
The bundle of nerves that transfers signals from the spinal column to the shoulder, arm, and hand is called the brachial plexus. Erb’s palsy is an injury to these nerves that can result in complete or partial paralysis of the affected arm, with symptoms including:
- Loss of feeling
- Mobility issues, particularly when raising the arm
- Abnormal arm posture at the elbow
If a baby sustains injury to the shoulder area while passing through the birth canal, it can result in severe Erb’s palsy and other trauma. Despite the similarity in names, Erb’s palsy is different from cerebral palsy because it doesn’t involve injury to the brain.
What Causes Erb’s Palsy?
The most common cause of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia, an obstacle encountered during birth where the baby’s shoulder is caught beneath the mother’s pubic bone. Other potential causes include a feet-first presentation (breech birth) or a baby of above-average size.
When circumstances like these arise, you expect your doctor, obstetrician, and other medical personnel to make intelligent, informed decisions to keep you and your baby safe. Unfortunately, if the professionals in the delivery room fail to respond appropriately, the baby can be injured by the staff’s negligence.
Erb’s palsy can occur due to medical malpractice such as:
- Excessive force or twisting the baby during labor
- Improper vacuum extraction
- Incorrect forceps usage
- Failure to identify and anticipate potential risk factors suggesting a difficult or abnormal birth
Our lawyers will thoroughly review medical records of your child’s birth to identify what might have caused the development of Erb’s palsy, as well as potentially liable parties.
Damages in Erb’s Palsy Claims
The compensation your family might stand to recover in a birth injury case will depend on the severity of your child’s condition. Prospective damages could include:
- Medical expenses, including surgery, physical therapy, and other treatments
- Lost wages and impact on future earning ability
- Pain and suffering
If your child was injured during birth, you and your family need time to heal and work through this shocking development. Our medical malpractice attorneys can handle the legal aspects of your case while you and your family recover and adjust to the changes you’re facing together.
To begin building your Erb’s palsy claim, please contact Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter or call (855) 880-4741 today for your free consultation. Our experienced lawyers serve clients in Orlando and other communities throughout Florida.