Erb’s Palsy, also called “brachial plexus,” is usually caused by a birth injury that damages the nerves that govern the growth and movement of the arms, hands and fingers. The body’s natural recuperative processes can repair the effects of the nerve damage over time. However, sometimes the result is mild to severe nerve damage and diminished function for a lifetime. In addition to nerve damage, children with Erb’s Palsy may also experience impaired development of the muscular and circulatory systems. If you’re the parent or guardian of a child diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy and would like to speak with a top birth injury lawyer, contact Steven H. Heisler today for a confidential consultation.
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The vast majority of the time, Erb’s Palsy occurs because the child’s life is in danger from complications during labor and the care provider must forcefully pull the child through the birth canal. Erb’s Palsy can also be caused by using forceps or an extraction vacuum, which causes the brachial plexus nerves in the baby’s shoulders and arms to be strained or torn. In some cases, the nerves grow back and there is little or no permanent damage in the arm and extremities. However, if the body cannot repair the damage, the child can suffer a lifetime from any of the following:
- Asymmetrical limb development
- Limited limb sensation and mobility
- No sensation or mobility in the arm, hand or fingers
- Loss of function
- Poor circulation, which results in tissue damage, susceptibility for infections and reduced ability for the body to heal tissues in the affected limb
- Other lifelong complications and impairments
Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorneys
While no amount of money will restore the lost or diminished function of Erb’s Palsy caused by a birth injury, compensation can help defray the costs of ongoing medical care, physical rehabilitation, medication, loss of function, special equipment and appliances and other costs that cause financial hardship for the family. If negligence or medical malpractice caused the Erb’s Palsy, you have a right to hold the negligent parties responsible and recover damages to which you may be entitled to under Maryland medical malpractice law. Consult with an Erb’s Palsy lawyer with many years of experience helping families; contact attorney Steven H. Heisler today.