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Erb’s Palsy

Posted on June 15th, 2009 No Comments

Erb’s Palsy is a form of paralysis typically sustained by infants during birth.  This condition, caused by damage done to the brachial nerve, limits the victim’s ability to move his or her arm.  About 1 out of every 2,000 deliveries sees complications that result in brachial nerve damage, although only 10% of these cases necessitate further treatment.  The majority of infants who suffer this type of birth injury will heal on their own.

The Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy victims suffer nerve damage during especially difficult births – in particular, cases involving abnormally large infants, breeched babies, and deliveries that require the use of forceps.  In some cases, the damage done may be unavoidable, but Erb’s Palsy may also arise if the physician performs negligently or below reasonable expectations.  In these cases, the infant’s family may have a legal right to claim compensation from the negligent party.

Those who suffer from Erb’s Palsy will experience the following symptoms:

Loss of Moro reflex
Flexed, immobile arm
Lack of gripping abilities
Inability to spontaneously move the affected extremity
Most infants with Erb’s Palsy will either recover on their own or with the help of outside treatment.  In the latter case, the healing process may become very expensive.

Contact Us

If your child has developed Erb’s palsy as a result of an avoidable birth injury, then you may have the right to claim damages from the negligent party.  Contact Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at Stepleton Dugan, LLC today at 513-321-7733 to learn more about your legal options.

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