About one in 1,000 babies are born with Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy, also called brachial plexus palsy, involves an injury to nerves in the upper arms, which disrupts the mobility of the arms. This type of injury typically occurs when there is a problem positioning a baby during childbirth. It is often associated with excessive force used in childbirth and negligence can be a factor.
What are some signs that a baby may have Erb‘s palsy?
Erb’s palsy can affect each child in a slightly different way. In some cases, Erb’s palsy can heal with time and physical therapy. In other cases, someone with Erb’s palsy may require surgery or may even be impacted by the condition throughout his or her life.
Some symptoms of Erb’s palsy that a baby might show, include the child:
- Having trouble moving his or her arm
- Experiencing pain when moving his or her arm
- Holding an arm against his or her body with a bend at the elbow
- Struggling to grip objects
How might medical malpractice cause Erb‘s palsy?
Erb’s palsy can occur during difficult deliveries, such as those involving a baby being born feet first or a baby whose body becomes stuck during birth. However, many instances of Erb’s palsy could have been prevented.
Medical malpractice could have caused your child’s Erb’s palsy if:
- Your infant was pushed or pulled with excessive force during birth
- Forceps or other equipment were not properly used during the birth
- Medical professionals did not prepare appropriately for a breech birth
- Medical professionals did move not forward with a Cesarean section fast enough
If your child is suffering with Erb’s palsy caused by the negligent actions of a medical professional, it may be appropriate to seek justice. Legal action may result in compensation, which would help you manage the costs associated with your child’s condition, but it could also help prevent another baby from being injured in a similar way.