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Labor and delivery are stressful on both child and mother. Although most deliveries conclude without incident, there is evidence that as many as three out of every 1,000 births will result in a brachial plexus injury to the child, resulting in Erb’s palsy.
We Hold Hospitals & Insurance Companies Responsible
Erb’s palsy is caused by damage to the brachial plexus, a group of nerves which control movement of the shoulder, arm and hand. Damage to this group of nerves often arises when the baby’s shoulder is stuck under its mother’s pelvis. If the hospital does not ensure that the medical staff uses proper delivery techniques to remove the baby’s shoulder from this position, the shoulder nerves can rip or tear causing an injury known as shoulder dystocia. This stretching and tearing of the muscles of the shoulder leads to Erb’s palsy.
When Your Child Suffers from Erb’s Palsy
Victims of Erb’s palsy can suffer from its consequences their entire lives.
Some problems related to Erb’s palsy are:
- Paralysis, limpness, or limited range of motion of the arm or shoulder
- Weakness in the muscles of the arm, shoulder, or hand
- Difficulty writing or buttoning a shirt, or other daily activities using the arm, shoulder, or hand
- Delayed development
- Shortened neck muscle, which causes the head to tilt to one side
Sometimes, an injury at birth that causes Erb’s palsy is the result of medical malpractice. An obstetrician who injures a baby during delivery can cause lifelong, irreversible damage.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, you may have a claim against a negligent physician who caused the injury to the brachial plexus. Erb’s palsy can have lifelong, negative effects on your child, your family and you. If your baby’s injury was due to medical malpractice, he or she deserves full financial compensation for the damage and consequences.
Contact Our Albany Birth Injury Attorneys
Contact us or call one of our experienced Albany Erb’s palsy attorneys at (518) 463-7784. Erb’s palsy is a seriously debilitating condition for your child and for the well-being of your family. The personal care and expertise of the medical malpractice team at Dreyer Boyajian LaMarche Safranko, can help you brighten the future for you and your child.