What is Erb’s Palsy?
Erb’s palsy, also known as brachial plexus palsy, is a paralysis or weakness of the arm caused by an injury to one or more nerves that control and supply the muscles of the shoulder and upper extremities (upper brachial plexus). It can also be know as
- Erb-Duchenne Palsy
- Erb’s Paralysis
- Erb-Duchenne Paralysis
- Duchenne-Erb Paralysis
- Duchenne’s Paralysis
- Duchenne-Erb Syndrome
- Upper Brachial Plexus Paralysis, Erb-Duchenne Type
- Upper Brachial Plexus Palsy, Erb-Duchenne Type
It is most commonly seen in newborns and is often the result of a difficult and/or mishandled delivery. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that connect around the neck, arm, shoulder, and spine. A serious birth injury can occur if the baby is pulled too hard during labor, ultimately tearing or severing the nerves in the brachial plexus area.
A child with Erb’s palsy will have nerve damage, affecting movement and sensation in the arms, wrists, and hands. Children with brachial plexus palsy, or Erbs palsy, may also experience any of the following symptoms:
- Limp or paralyzed arms or hands
- Lack of muscle control in the arms, hands, or wrists
- Lack of feeling or sensation in the arms or hands
- Facial paralysis
While some brachial plexus injuries will heal on their own, most brachial plexus injuries are permanent. Although you may not be able to cure your child of Erb’s plasy or another brachial plexus injury, you can provide them with medical treatment, physical therapy, and surgery to improve their condition.
How We Can Help
If your baby suffers from Erb’s palsy and you believe it is due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse or hospital, it is very important to speak with an experienced New York Erb’s palsy attorney right away. An attorney who has experience handling these types of medical malpractice claims will know what to look for when analyzing your medical records, what questions to ask witnesses and experts, and how to prepare a strong and compelling claim. The hospital and/or doctor you have filed the lawsuit against will have powerful attorneys defending them, so you need to ensure you have an equally strong and experienced attorney representing you.
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The Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin has over 30 years of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits and has recovered over $100 million for its clients
If your baby has been the victim of medical malpractice resulting in Erb’s Palsy, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. The medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment, and any other care that may be needed can be expensive. To ensure you have the financial resources you will need to provide proper medical care and treatment contact the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin today at (914) 686-4000 to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated New York medical malpractice attorney.
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