What is Erb's Palsy?

Erb's palsy is an injury to nerves that provides movement and sensation to the arm, hand and fingers. Erb's palsy is usually a result of the baby's shoulder becoming impacted or "stuck" in the mother's pelvis during the baby's birth, causing the nerves to tear or stretch through improper maneuvers during delivery. Erb's palsy can cause paralysis, limpness or loss of sensation in the arm or shoulder. The symptoms of Erb's palsy vary depending upon the extent of the nerve damage.

Can Erb's Palsy Be The Result Of A Preventable Birth Injury?

Erb's palsy is very often a result of medical negligence. There are certain maternal and fetal conditions that can increase the likelihood of Erb's palsy and its complications. If one or more of these risk factors were ignored or undetected during your labor, it is likely that your baby's Erb's palsy was avoidable.

Do I Have An Erb's Palsy Birth Injury Case?

If you experienced one or more of the following during pregnancy or your child's birth, it is possible that your baby's Erb's palsy is the result of a preventable birth injury:

  • Maternal diabetes
  • A baby that was too large for gestational age
  • Failure to utilize the correct maneuvers to the mother during delivery

A baby with brachial plexus palsy may experience:

  • No sensation or muscle control in hand or arm
  • Little or no wrist and hand control
  • Arm paralysis
  • Paralysis of shoulder or elbow muscles
  • Limp hand and fingers
  • Facial paralysis
  • Inability to crawl without intervention
  • Inability to sit up without assistance

Martha Gold is a New York medical malpractice attorney who has successfully represented many victims and families who have been forced to deal with the impact of Erb’s Palsy. She is familiar with the special issues and complexities that are involved in this area of the law, and draws on her extensive experience in medical negligence to represent her clients.