Erb’s palsy is a specific type of obstetrical brachial plexus injury. It occurs when there is damage to the nerves that run from the spinal cord to the shoulder, neck, and arms during birth. These nerves are known as the brachial plexus or Erb’s point. They control movement and sensory feelings in the arm, hand, and fingers. Erb’s palsy (sometimes called Erb-Duchenne palsy) can be the result of medical malpractice.
Causes of brachial plexus injury, including Erb’s palsy, include a doctor’s failure to address shoulder dystocia. Medical negligence may be in play if the doctor failed to try to prevent shoulder dystocia to begin with by recognizing contributing factors, such as a mother’s unusual or smaller-than-average pelvis, a large baby, gestational diabetes, a baby in the breech position, or the prior delivery of a large baby or baby that experienced shoulder dystocia or brachial plexus palsy.
Symptoms of Erb’s palsy include:
- Reduced or underdeveloped muscular development of the arm.
- Lack of feeling from the shoulder down to the elbow.
- Arms hangs at the child’s side, and child is unable to lift it.
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