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Erb’s Palsy – Birth Injury

The condition known as Erb’s Palsy, also known as Erb-Duchenne Palsy, occurs after a brachial plexus injury and is a permanent injury to the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers, resulting in weak muscle tone and even paralysis in some cases. The condition will typically manifest at birth in the following presentation: the infant’s arm will be rotated inward, limp against his or her side with the forearm extended.

Erb’s palsy injuries are caused by excessive “stretching” of the nerve fibers found in the brachial plexus, specifically the C5 and C6 nerves. The brachial plexus is formed by intercommunications among the lower 4 cervical nerves (C5-C8) and the first thoracic nerve (T1), and manages movement and sensation throughout the muscles of the chest, shoulder, arm, hand and fingers. Erb’s palsy can occur from excessive use of mechanical forces, such as use of a vacuum or forceps, or excessive manipulation in a shoulder dystocia.

Erb’s palsy is a condition that may require rehabilitative therapies, surgery, and attendant care. Excellent care and treatment is necessary to allow children affected by such a condition to overcome the disabilities that result from the injury. The medical costs associated with these therapies over the course of a child’s life can be substantial, and it is important that in cases of medical negligence, the best legal representation be available to help cover the costs of these therapies and medical procedures.

If you suspect that your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

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