Birth Injuries: What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy, sometimes referred to as Brachial Palsy, is a nerve condition caused by damage to the brachial plexus. It is typically the result of a difficult delivery, when a doctor pulls too hard on a baby’s arm or shoulders, or if excessive strain was put on a baby’s shoulders during a breech delivery.

While the nerve damage may heal on its own, or be fixed with surgery, some children suffer long-term weakness in the arm, shoulder or hand. Physical therapy may be necessary to help the baby regain normal control of the injured limb.

If your child suffers from Erb’s Palsy due to a doctor’s negligence or carelessness during delivery, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and seek compensation. An experienced birth injury lawyer can help. Hiring an attorney can give you access to resources and medical professionals that strengthen your claim. In addition, an attorney can help ensure that insurance companies do not take advantage of you by offering less than full and fair compensation.

In many birth injury cases, you can discuss your legal options with a skilled birth injury attorney in a free initial consultation. If you decide to retain the lawyer, you will owe no attorney’s fees unless you recover compensation.

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