What is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s Palsy, also known as brachial plexus palsy, is caused by injury to the network of nerves around the shoulder, called the brachial plexus. This childbirth injury may be the result of medical negligence when there is excessive pulling of the baby’s head during delivery. Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy are usually evident soon after birth.
Erb’s Palsy Symptoms May Include:
- Limp arm
- Newborn is not moving the upper or lower arm or hand
- Absent Moro Reflex (an involuntary reflex to stimulation) on the affected side
- Decreased grip on the affected side
- Arm flexed (bent) at elbow and held against body
Treatment and Prognosis for Erb’s Palsy:
The prognosis for Erb’s Palsy can vary based on the severity of the injury. Most babies suffer a mild stretching of the nerve and will recover within three to six months. However more severe cases may require treatment by specialists. Those children who do not recover have a poor outlook. In these severe cases there may be a complete separation of the nerve root from the spinal cord (avulsion).
Complications From Erb’s Palsy:
Persistent cases of Erb’s Palsy may result in:
- Abnormal muscle contractions or tightening of the muscles, which may be permanent
- Permanent, partial or total loss of function of the affected nerves, causing paralysis of the arm or arm weakness
Erb’s Palsy Resources:
The following are good resources for information on Erb’s Palsy:
- The National Brachial Plexus/Erb's Palsy Association, Inc
- The United Brachial Plexus Network (UBPN) Erb’s Palsy Lawyers
What An Erb’s Palsy Lawyer Can do For You:
Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury sometimes caused by medical malpractice. A lawyer experienced with Erb’s Palsy causes can determine if there is a case for an Erb’s Palsy malpractice lawsuit, which may lead to a financial settlement.
If you are concerned about Erb’s Palsy, call Sokolove Law today at 877-490-6520 or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation.