Erb's Palsy/Brachial Plexus Injury Attorneys in Washington DC
Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus injury and results from
damage to the nerves that supply the muscles of the arm. Brachial plexus
injuries can cause partial to complete paralysis of the shoulder, upper
arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand or fingers. There are varying levels
of severity of brachial plexus injury depending upon whether the affected
nerve is actually detached from the spinal cord, ruptured, overstretched
or compressed by scar tissue.
At Regan Zambri Long, PLLC, we have over two decades of experience in the
DC area litigating these types of cases. Many of these injuries are due
to avoidable errors by the doctor or nurse-midwife who delivered the baby.
What Is a Brachial Plexus Injury?
An obstetrical brachial plexus injury occurs when damage to the nerves
during the delivery of an infant. The majority of these
birth injuries are the result of a birthing “emergency” called shoulder dystocia,
which occurs when doctor fails to plan ahead for a safe delivery or fails
to perform the proper moves to deliver the baby safely and the infant’s
shoulder becomes stuck on the mother's pelvic bone.
Treatment for a brachial plexus injury includes:
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Surgery, splinting, and casting
- Electrical stimulation
Assessment and treatment should be initiated as soon as possible. Typically,
an infant suffering from an obstetrical brachial plexus injury begins
physical or occupational therapy in the first few weeks of life. These
children are usually referred to a specialist or a team of specialists
that might include a neurologist, an orthopedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon
or a neurosurgeon to further assess the injury using a variety of tests
and to implement effective treatment.
Need Skilled Legal Representation? Contact Regan Zambri Long, PLLC.
Erb’s palsy and other brachial plexus injuries frequently result from
medical errors or carelessness by others. These children can require extensive care and
may have permanent injuries. If your child a brachial plexus injury, please
feel free to contact us by email or by phone. Consultations and investigations
are free to the patient’s family. Our Washington DC personal injury
attorneys may be able to help you get answers and resources.
For high-quality legal representation, call us today.