Erb’s palsy is a condition caused by damage to the brachial plexus nerves, located in the upper arm. Depending on the severity of the injury, Erb’s palsy may manifest as partial or total paralysis of the affected arm. Typically, this condition occurs after a difficult delivery, particularly when the baby becomes lodged in the mother’s birth canal or when the baby is breech and is delivered vaginally.
Contact The Donnelly Law Firm if you believe that your baby suffered a birth injury that led to his or her Erb’s palsy diagnosis. Our New Jersey Erb’s palsy attorneys are extensively experienced in complex birth injury cases; we have recovered over $140 million for our clients, and we are prepared to fight for the justice and compensation you and your family deserve.
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Risk Factors of Erb’s Palsy
It is possible for excessive stretching, pulling, or tearing on the brachial plexus nerves to occur during any delivery, but there are certain factors that put your baby at a greater risk for Erb’s palsy.
These risk factors include:
- Shoulder dystocia; one or both shoulders get stuck in the birth canal and the baby suffered injury when it was too forcefully delivered
- The use of forceps
- The use of a vacuum extractor
- Prolonged labor
- Breech birth
- Failure to order a C-section
- Excessive maternal weight gain
- High infant birth weight
- Small maternal size
If your child has not been formally diagnosed with Erb’s palsy but you suspect he or she may have suffered shoulder dystocia or a similar injury during delivery, look for signs of Erb’s palsy, such as favoring one arm or weakness/inability to move one arm. If you notice these or other symptoms, seek medical treatment for your child right away. Then, contact a New Jersey birth injury attorney at our firm for a free consultation.
Dedicated to Securing the Justice You Deserve
At The Donnelly Law Firm, we understand that there is nothing more devastating than learning your child has suffered a preventable injury, especially when the injury has lasting, life-altering consequences. Our New Jersey Erb’s palsy lawyers strive to hold negligent medical professionals and facilities accountable and recover the full, fair compensation our clients are owed. We offer compassionate and personalized legal counsel, coupled with aggressive advocacy. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees for you until we win your case.
Reach out to us today at (800) 398-1866 for a free case evaluation.