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What is Erb’s Palsy?

Posted by Frank Spector | Jun 10, 2009 | 0 Comments

If you have a child who has Erb's Palsy, you should be aware that it may have been caused by medical malpractice at birth.

Erb's Palsy is an injury to the nerves of the neck which can be caused during birth. In some cases, a baby's shoulder will get stuck after the head is delivered. When this happens, your doctor should have the training to handle this situation without injuring the nerves of the neck.

However, if your doctor improperly pulls on the baby's head in an attempt to deliver the stuck shoulder, serious and permanent damage can occur. The nerves of the neck which make up the brachial plexus provide the power supply to a baby's shoulder, arm, wrist and hand. If a doctor uses too much force by pulling on the baby's head, those nerves can be damaged, either by overstretching the nerves of the neck, or in severe cases by ripping them from the spinal cord. The long lasting injury is called Erb's Palsy.

Although many Erb's Palsy injuries get better, at Frank Spector Law we have handled many cases in which the injuries are permanent and life altering. In one our cases, we obtained a verdict in the amount of $1.5 Million for a young girl in Baltimore who sustained an Erb's Palsy injury during birth. If you click Results Tab of our website, you can read the newspaper article which featured the case. If your child has Erb's Palsy, please call us at 1-800-299-HURT. The consultation is free.

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