Erb’s Palsy

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s PalsyErb’s Palsy is an injury sustained to the fifth and sixth vertebrae of the spine during birth. However, damage to the middle and lower trunks of the spine also produce Erb’s Palsy. Erb’s Palsy is a serious birth injury that affects the life of the child permanently.

What Causes Erb’s Palsy?

The main cause is damage to the neck during childbirth. This often happens with larger babies who cannot fit through the birth canal. Medical staff often use force to pull these babies out. If too much force is used or the angle is wrong, permanent damage occurs.

Doctors must use extra care during the birthing process, especially in expectant mothers with larger children. Other risk factors include mothers who have induced labor with drugs, mothers who have had children with prolonged labor, breech birth, or another birth with a fetal malposition.

The Signs of Erb’s Palsy

One of the most common signs is weakness or paralysis in the shoulder, arm, or hand. Even newborns should be able to move both arms, and if a difference in how both move is noted, Erb’s Palsy may be the cause. One of the most common ways to spot Erb’s Palsy is if the baby holds one of their arms down by their side with the forearm turned inward and/or the wrist bent. Other telltale signs include not holding both arms up during normal activity or holding one arm up more often than the other. Full use of the shoulder but not the hand, or vice versa, can also be a symptom of Erb’s Palsy.

Experienced Erb’s Palsy Attorneys

If you believe child is suffering from Erb’s Palsy or if your child has been diagnosed, you likely have many questions. Contact the experienced Erb’s Palsy attorneys at Lopez McHugh LLP today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options.

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