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Can I file a birth injury lawsuit for Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy can be the basis for a birth injury lawsuit.

Erb’s palsy is one kind of brachial plexus palsy. It is a paralysis of the arm caused by an injury to the brachial plexus, a network of nerves in the neck that leads to nerves in the arm. Erb’s palsy causes lack of motion and weakness in the arm, and it is most commonly caused by dystocia, which is an obstructed or otherwise difficult labor. For example, if a baby’s head is pulled to the side while the shoulders exit the birth canal, Erb’s palsy can result. It is often clear that an infant is suffering from this condition, due to the limited motion of the arm.

While not every case of Erb’s palsy is caused by medical error, the condition can be the result of mistakes made by doctors or other medical personnel during the labor and delivery process. If the baby was injured due to improper procedures such as pulling too hard on the baby’s face or neck during delivery or lifting the baby from the arms, then a birth injury lawsuit may be appropriate for the family to obtain compensation for the injury.

If your child suffered a birth injury that you think may have been caused by a medical mistake, please contact Chalik & Chalik Law Offices for a free consultation to learn more about your rights.

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