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Erb's Palsy

What Is Erb's Palsy?

Erb's palsy is caused by damage to the brachial plexus nerve or Erb's Point during childbirth. The brachial plexus is a band of nerves that travels through the shoulder and controls the movement of the arm; brachial plexus palsy or Erb's palsy can result if too much pressure is exerted on your baby's head during delivery or from excessive pulling on the neck or arms.

Erb's palsy can result from shoulder dystocia, or a difficult labor caused by your baby's shoulder becoming stuck on your pelvis or pubic bone during delivery. Erb's palsy is preventable. Your doctor may have missed signs during pregnancy that would have indicated the need for a cesarean section to avoid shoulder dystocia or may have overmanipulated your baby's head and neck during delivery, causing nerve damage.

If your child was born with a brachial plexus injury or has been diagnosed with Erb's palsy, our Miami birth injury lawyers can help you understand your right to compensation. Call our South Florida law firm at 800-815-6232 or contact our attorneys online to schedule a free consultation.

Symptoms And Complications Of Erb's Palsy

Damage to the brachial plexus nerve or Erb's Point during childbirth can cause weakness in your newborn's shoulder, arm or hand. In some cases, the injury may be temporary and your child may recover full movement within weeks. In other cases, surgery may be required to repair a brachial plexus injury. In the worst cases, a brachial plexus injury can cause permanent paralysis of the arm and some facial paralysis.

Predelivery planning, including a scheduled C-section if necessary, can avoid shoulder dystocia and the related risk of brachial plexus injury to your baby. Signs of a brachial plexus injury may include:

  • A limp or inward-turned arm
  • Lack of response with the affected arm to surprise or stimulation
  • Arm paralysis
  • Facial paralysis

Babies may be more likely to suffer a brachial plexus injury if they are large or breech or if the mother has a small pelvis, had labor quickened through the use of drugs such as Pitocin, had a prolonged labor, or experienced shoulder dystocia during a prior delivery even if the baby did not develop brachial plexus injury or Erb's palsy.

Additional Birth Injury Information

If you believe that a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional involved in your birthing experience made a mistake that caused injury to you or your child, then these additional birth injury resources may be helpful to you:

Does Your Baby Have Erb's Palsy? We Can Help.

At Freidin Dobrinsky Brown and Rosenblum, our Miami, Florida, birth injury attorneys have more than 90 years of experience pursuing compensation for those who have been injured throughout South Florida. If your newborn was diagnosed with Erb's palsy or experienced shoulder dystocia and is showing signs of a brachial plexus injury, our law firm offers a free consultation to discuss whether a medical malpractice lawsuit is appropriate. Contact our office online or call 800-815-6232 to schedule an appointment.

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