Erb's palsy, a type of brachial plexus palsy, is named after William Erb, one of the first physicians to describe the condition. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Erb's palsy affects the brachial plexus, a nerve network located close to the neck. The brachial plexus leads to the arm's nerves, providing feeling and movement for the arm, hand and fingers. Damage typically causes the following problems:
Some of the saddest cases we handle involve injuries suffered by innocent newborn babies. Some experience injury immediately or shortly after birth, while others are injured while still in the womb. Many of these conditions are permanent and debilitating, requiring long-term, expensive care. What's worse is that many of these birth injuries could have been avoided, had the medical personnel in charge of the mother's care or delivery of her baby done their jobs properly.