This typically affects one or two of every 1,000 babies, and children born with Erb’s Palsy can be partially or completely paralyzed. It is most often caused by shoulder dystocia, which occurs when a baby’s shoulders get lodged behind their mother’s pubic bone during delivery.
Doctors are usually prepared for this, and make the necessary adjustments to avoid serious injury. However, some doctors have used excessive force during these difficult deliveries, resulting in an injury to the brachial plexus nerves.
Doctor may not be able to predict shoulder dystocia, but there are warning signs a qualified doctor should be aware of. Some factors that should be considered include:
Braxial plexus injuries are also commonly associated with the use of forceps and vacuums during the delivery process.
In some cases, Erb’s Palsy can heal on its own, but other children may need physical therapy or surgery, which is usually completed before a baby reaches 12 months.
Surgery on children with Erb’s Palsy is a complex operation, and it requires a qualified pediatric neurosurgeon. Even after the operation is complete, more procedures could be required.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy, or has suffered a brachial plexus injury, let The Barnes Firm help you. Our Erb’s Palsy attorneys are experienced legal professionals who can guide you through the legal process and help you get the best possible result from an injury claim. Call us, or contact us for a free consultation. The Barnes Firm 1-(800) 800-0000.
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