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.
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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.