Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury that affects one to two of every 1,000 babies born. The condition is caused by a stretch injury to the brachial plexus, a group of nerves near the neck that sends signals to all the nerves of the arm. These nerves allow movement and feeling in the arms, hands, and fingers. Babies who have Erb’s Palsy suffer from a weakness of the injured arm.
The stretch injuries that cause Erb’s Palsy typically occur during a stressful delivery. They can also occur if the doctor assisting delivery must exert some force to pull the baby from the birth canal. The mechanics of the injury happen when one side of the baby’s neck is stretched severely, pulling the group of brachial plexus nerves with it. Unfortunately, things that could be avoided, such as unnecessary force on the baby, negligence, and medical malpractice, can cause this injury in your baby.
Erb’s Palsy refers to the condition in which the upper nerves are affected. In a baby with this palsy, the affected arm stays twisted or limp and the child is not able to use it. There are a few different stretch injuries, and an infant may have one or more types. The most common is an injury that shocks but does not tear the nerve, and usually heals on its own. The most serious type is an avulsion, in which the nerve tears from the spinal cord and cannot be repaired. However, it may be possible to restore some function in the arm.
If you believe your infant suffers from Erb’s Palsy due to the negligence of your delivery doctor, please contact the Kenosha birth injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® at 866-499-4700 to discuss your case and further legal options.