Erb’s Palsy is a condition that is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus during childbirth. The brachial plexus is the term that refers to the nerves that control the use of the shoulder, arm, wrist, elbow and hand muscles. Normally, when a baby develops Erb’s Palsy, it’s a result of poor techniques or poor preparation by the doctor who delivered the baby.
The most common cause of brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s Palsy is shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby’s shoulder gets wedged between the pelvic bone of the mother. The child must be carefully dislodged. If the doctor uses excessive force, the back and shoulder can be stretched and injured.
If a serious brachial plexus injury occurs, Erb’s Palsy can be the result. This type of injury refers to a loss of function of both the upper and lower arm. The arms affected may be bent at the elbow and held against the body. Fortunately, some children recover from their injuries in a matter of months, but others are left with permanent disabilities, including paralysis, muscle contractions, and weakness.
If your child developed Erb’s Palsy as a result of injuries during childbirth, you should speak with an attorney. You child has legal rights that must be protected. If you’re in Houston, call the Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and if we choose to take your case you pay us nothing unless we obtain compensation for you. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn to learn more.