Erb's Palsy

Erb's palsy is a paralysis of the upper brachial plexus, a network of nerves that carries signals from the neck to the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial plexus injuries can damage an infant's development temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity of the injury. If your child suffered brachial plexus injury or Erb's palsy, your family will need compensation to cover the cost of specialized medical treatment.

At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers in Syracuse, our experienced birth injury lawyers will review your case to determine whether medical malpractice occurred. We work with medical experts to investigate cases and identify negligent parties such as doctors, midwives and nurses. You can rely on our attorneys to treat your family with respect and care as we pursue the compensation you need for your child's medical treatment.

Permanent Injuries Will Require Lifelong Medical Care

The brachial plexus nerves can be torn or stretched during birth if the fetus's shoulder gets stuck on the mother's pubic bone and may cause a condition called shoulder dystocia. If the brachial plexus nerves are severely damaged, the baby may suffer permanent injuries.

Doctors often use the McRoberts maneuver to release the fetus's shoulders from the pubic bone. Timely and correct usage of this maneuver can help prevent damage to the brachial plexus nerves. Failure to use the maneuver or perform it correctly may be considered medical malpractice.

A child with Erb's palsy or brachial plexus injuries may suffer:

  • Partial or full paralysis in the affected arm
  • Facial paralysis on the affected side of the body
  • Loss of sensation in the hand or arm
  • Lack of muscle control in the arm, wrist or hand
  • Limited ability to reach and grasp with the affected arm and hand
  • Inability to crawl
  • Disfigurement of the affected arm

Mild cases of Erb's palsy may be treated with physical and occupational therapy. Children with more severe injuries will need more extensive medical care, which may include neurosurgery. The medical treatment and therapy required for Erb's palsy injuries can last many years or a lifetime, depending on the severity of the injuries.

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