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Erb's Palsy

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Erb's palsy is a significant birth injury that is most commonly caused by pulling and roughly handling an infant's shoulders during natural delivery. It affects the arm and nerves, impairing mobility to a degree that may result in permanent partial paralysis for a lifetime. The spinal cord ceases to properly send out signals to nerves, thus resulting in loss of mobility and a reduction in quality of life.

The condition can be temporary, or lead to a permanent disability. No matter what the case, the Law Firm of Joseph F. Brown, MD, JD, PLLC - Physician and Attorney at Law knows that no birth injury as a result of malpractice should go without the attention it deserves. If negligence has occurred, our firm will find it with our unique combination of medical and legal experience.

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What are the symptoms of Erb's palsy?

Erb's palsy is a condition that can arise from birth injury. If a child is suspected of having Erb's palsy, there are several signs for parents to look out for, such as:

  • Partial paralysis of the upper arm, or entire arm
  • Loss of feeling in fingers, arm, and hand
  • Affected mobility and impaired motor skills
  • Weakness in one arm
  • One arm bent against the body
  • Impaired muscle growth

Erb's palsy has no known cure, only treatment. There is a possibility that paralysis could self-resolve, especially with surgery and treatment over time, but the solutions are costly and the child is still deprived of a life with full mobility. Since this disorder can arise from shoulder dystocia - that is, the shoulders of a child being stuck in the birth canal during delivery - it is usually preventable. During delivery, mishandling of the child (especially pulling on the shoulders) can result in broken bones, which then affect nerves.

Get the compensation your family deserves

The emotional and financial burden that the diagnosis of Erb's Palsy brings cannot be understated. No one expects to come home with a child who has been affected by a birth injury, yet it happens far too often. Contact attorney Joseph F. Brown to get the compensation that your family deserves for the struggles you've endured.

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Law Firm of Joseph F. Brown, MD, JD, PLLC
3854 S. Naples Ave.,
Meridian, ID 83642
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