Child With Erb's Palsy? Your Doctor Could Be At Fault.
Baltimore Birth Injury Lawyers Since 1948
Physical injury to an infant during the delivery process can be a mother's worst nightmare, especially if it results in permanent damage. Erb's palsy is a condition that ranges in severity, and is characterized by arm paralysis resulting from the severing of brachial plexus nerves. Physical therapy can cure mild cases of Erb's palsy in 3 - 6 months. If consistent therapy is implemented, 70-80% of these cases will get better in a year.
That still leaves 20% of Erb's palsy cases characterized by serious, long-term effects such as impaired motor skills and abnormal muscle contractions. If your child was diagnosed with Erb's palsy, talk to our Baltimore birth injury attorneys. We may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical and therapy bills.
For a free case consultation, call our firm today at 410.951.8744.
Does My Newborn Have Erb's Palsy?
Erb's palsy can be caused by a difficult labor and delivery. A baby might go through the birth canal at an awkward angle, a baby's shoulders may be pulled too strongly, or the baby's arms might be stressed by a breech (legs first) birth.
Common signs and symptoms of Erb's palsy include:
- An arm that may be bent at the elbow and held limply at the body's side
- The affected hand may not be able to grip things
- In severe cases, the arm may be partially or fully paralyzed
- The upper arm may lose sensory or motor function
- Numbness may occur in the arm
- Circulatory, muscular, and nervous development may be impaired
The condition of Erb's palsy, if caught early, can improve and even heal entirely with consistent therapy, but in severe cases, injury can be permanent. If you notice any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor for more information on Erb's palsy.
Risk Factors in Delivery for Erb's Palsy
Though excessive stretching of the baby's head, neck, or arms may cause Erb's palsy, other factors may contribute to the complication as well, such as:
- Delivery tools like forceps or vacuums
- An infant too large for the birth canal
- A small mother delivering the child
- A prolonged second stage of labor (over an hour)
- Infants in a legs-first delivery position
Many of these risks can be assessed in the weeks prior to the delivery. If your physician did not take necessary precautions in preparing for your child's delivery and neglected to follow proper procedure, you may wish to speak with a lawyer.
Contact Our Compassionate, Experienced Team
Murphy, Falcon & Murphy's history of excellence spans several generations. Our team is skilled in obtaining compensation for wrongfully injured individuals, and has recovered more than $700 million for clients over the years. Our Baltimore birth injury lawyers have the experience required to resolve your case while keeping your best interests in mind every step of the way.
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