Erb’s Palsy

What is Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy or Brachial Plexus Palsy is a birth injury to the nerve groupings in the baby’s shoulder.  It is usually caused when the medical professional has difficulty passing the head and infant’s shoulder through the birth canal.  An infant with erb’s palsy may suffer from paralysis in the shoulder region.  Many cases of erb’s palsy resolve on their own without medical intervention after several months.  However, some severe cases require physical therapy and surgery.

Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy created by birth delivery is usually quite recognizable.  Often, the infant’s arm will hang limply from the shoulder and the wrist and fingers will be bent (flexion).  Other Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy and Brachial Plexus Palsy can also include:

  • Lack of movement or feeling in the arm;
  • Pain radiating from the arm;
  • Inability to use certain muscles in the arm, shoulder, or hand

Causes of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy can be caused by medical negligence when the doctor or medical provider:

  • pulls the infant’s head and neck to the side as the infant’s shoulders pass through the birth canal.
  • Places pressure on the infant’s raised arms during a breech delivery (feet first).
  • Pulls on the infant’s shoulders with too much force during the delivery.

Pursuing an Erb’s Palsy medical malpractice lawsuit

While the majority of cases of Erb’s palsy can be cured, they can involve multiple and extensive surgeries and prolonged physical therapy on the infant with no certainty of success. Approximately ten percent of Erb’s Palsy cases at birth, however, lead to lifelong conditions and permanently disable the child.  This child will grow up recognizably different from other children and will have their life activities limited depending on the severity of the condition.  Sadly, Erb’s Palsy is usually preventable through proper monitoring and delivery methods that conform with the proper standard of care.

If your child was diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy and it was caused by medical malpractice, you can bring a claim seeking to be compensated for your increased medical bills, future medical and therapy bills, and your child’s pain, suffering, and emotional harm.  Contact Kuhlman Law at (612) 349-2747 immediately to set up a free consultation.  Once we conduct a thorough review your infant’s medical records we will be in a position to advise you if your child’s injury was the result of medical negligence and apprise you of your rights and the next steps.  If we accept your case, we will do so on a contingency fee basis which means you will not owe any legal bills unless you receive a recovery.