Erb’s palsy is an injury that can occur during birth. When such an injury is the result of medical malpractice, the child’s family may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Erb’s palsy has similarities with brachial plexus palsy, which is the loss of upper arm movement caused by nerve damage that occurs during delivery. Erb’s palsy affects both the upper and lower arm.
It is usually possible to recognize Erb’s palsy immediately after delivery, as the child is unable to move the arm that is affected by the condition. However, there are cases in which the condition is not apparent until months later. It is important for parents to be aware of the symptoms so that they can seek treatment if they appear.
A child may be suffering from Erb’s palsy if one or more of the following symptoms are present in the affected arm:
- Lack of movement
- Poor reflexes
- Holding the arm close to the body with the elbow flexed for sustained periods
- Difficulty gripping things and little strength
Erb’s palsy may be caused when medical professionals apply too much force during the delivery process. While many cases of brachial plexus palsy and Erb’s palsy heal on their own, surgery or physical therapy may be necessary in some. If you believe your child may be suffering from Erb’s palsy, consult with your physician. If you believe your child’s injury may have been caused by errors on the part of medical personnel, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney to learn more about your rights.