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Questions about Erb’s Palsy

What is Erb’s palsy?

Erb’s palsy is an avoidable birth injury that results from shoulder dystocia, a complication that arises from a baby’s shoulders getting stuck on a mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. Erb’s palsy occurs when shoulder dystocia damages a baby’s brachial plexus, the bundle of nerves responsible for shoulder, arm and hand movement. When the brachial plexus is damaged, partial or complete paralysis can occur.

Can Erb’s palsy be treated?

Some instances of erb’s palsy can be treated. This may require complex and expensive surgery, and is not always successful. In many cases, only partial function may be restored to your child’s arms.

Can Erb’s palsy be avoided?

Erb’s palsy is most often a medical malpractice issue because it is largely considered an avoidable birth injury. Combining modern advancements in prenatal monitoring and proper training, knowledgeable obstetricians are often able to detect signs of potential shoulder dystocia prior to childbirth.

Are some mothers more likely to experience complications leading to Erb’s palsy?

Yes. Factors such as diabetes, prior deliveries in which shoulder dystocia occurred, obesity and prolonged labors all increase the risk for shoulder dystocia and Erb’s palsy.

Why do I need an attorney?

When your child suffers from a birth injury, you may incur long-term expenses for related medical care. In addition, the physical pain and emotional suffering these injuries can have on your entire family deserve to be addressed. The medical malpractice team at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller have years of experience helping families recover the damages caused by medical negligence. We will fight tirelessly to ensure your family is properly compensated, and to see that justice is served.

If live in the Philadelphia or Allentown, Pennsylvania, areas or in New Jersey and your child suffers from Erb’s palsy, please contact Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller to schedule a free initial consultation today.  Our medical malpractice attorneys can help you fight for your justice and get you the compensation you and your child deserves.