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Brachial Plexus Injury, Erb's Palsy

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Birth injuries can change a child's life forever. And one of the most common - and most serious - types of birth injuries newborn babies can sustain during childbirth is Erb's palsy, a medical term for a type of brachial plexus injury.

The brachial plexus is a series of nerves that runs from the neck across the shoulder to the arms and hands. When these nerves suffer an injury during childbirth, infants typically face a number of medical conditions that result in a lifetime of disability.

Erb's palsy is a condition affecting this network of nerves. The most serious cases of Erb's palsy render the whole arm, elbow and hand essentially useless. Klumpke's palsy is similar to Erb's palsy, but it generally affects only the hand.

Whatever the cause of your child's Erb's palsy injury, make sure you take this injury seriously right from the start. Make sure you talk to an Erb's palsy injury attorney at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices, P.C. We represent families throughout the United States whose children were born with shoulder dystocia, Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy, Horner's syndrome and other types of brachial plexus injuries.

Common causes

Erb's palsy and other brachial plexus injuries during childbirth often occur due to mistakes made by doctors or other medical professionals during the delivery process. Sometimes, it's because the delivery is taking too long. Other times, it's because the newborn child is larger than normal and becomes trapped inside the mother.

When such situations occur, some inexperienced or reckless health care workers panic and exert too much force when extracting the baby from the birth canal. Misuse of forceps and other medical devices is another common cause of Erb's palsy brachial plexus injuries.

Risk factors

Doctors need to be aware of certain risk factors during a woman's pregnancy or during the delivery process which could contribute to an Erb's palsy injury. Common risk factors include:

  • Larger than normal infant
  • Awkwardly positioned baby (transverse or breech)
  • Gestational diabetes in mother
  • Excessive maternal weight gain
  • Pregnancy lasting more than 40 weeks
  • Pre-existing health problems with mother
  • Labor lasting more than one hour
  • Protracted second stage of labor

We demand justice

Knowing what to do after an Erb's palsy injury can be confusing. Even knowing what your rights are might not be clear. That's why it's important to talk to an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible to discuss your potential legal case.

Our experienced Chicago and Milwaukee birth injury attorneys can help you pursue the maximum financial compensation for your brachial plexus palsy injury. Such compensation can be critical when it comes to paying for a potential lifetime of special needs.

We take great pride in understanding the medical aspects of our clients' cases as well as - or better than - the medical experts for the other side. Our resources include a medical library and a registered nurse on staff.

Demand results that last a lifetime. Rely on us to put your best interests first. Contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation today.

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