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Brachial plexus palsy, more commonly known as Erb’s Palsy, is a birth injury to the network of nerves around the shoulder called the brachial plexus. This injury usually occurs during labor and delivery when the baby's shoulder becomes stuck. Brachial plexus palsy is sometimes caused by medical negligence when there is excessive pulling of the baby’s head during delivery. Symptoms are usually evident soon after birth
The prognosis for brachial plexus 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 may have a complete separation of the nerve root from the spinal cord (avulsion).
Moderate to severe cases of brachial plexus palsy may result in:
The following are good resources for information on brachial plexus palsy:
Because brachial plexus palsy is often a birth injury due to medical malpractice, an experienced lawyer can determine if there is a case for a brachial plexus palsy malpractice lawsuit, which may lead to a financial settlement.
If you are concerned about brachial plexus palsy, call Sokolove Law today at 877-822-8214 or fill out the form on this page to request a free no-obligation legal consultation.
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