Is Erb’s Palsy a Lifelong Condition?
A physician’s errors during delivery may leave a child with a condition known as Erb’s palsy. This disability occurs when the brachial plexus, or nerves in the upper arm, are significantly damaged. As a result, the injured child may lose range of motion in the affected arm as well as have problems sensing temperature or touch through that arm. However, most children who develop this disability can seek treatment that can repair the affected nerves and help a child regain use of the injured arm.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy after a delivery room doctor’s negligent conduct, we may be able to assist you with the process of filing for compensation for your child’s treatment and recovery costs. For more information regarding your full range of legal options as a parent of a child with Erb’s palsy, contact the Erb’s palsy birth injury lawyers of the Driscoll Firm, today at (800) 305-9800.
Understanding the Prognosis for Erb’s Palsy
Fortunately, due to significant medical advances in treatment options for this type of nerve damage, many children with Erb’s palsy can drastically improve their movement and sense of touch in the affected arm. However, this is not always the case. The following prognoses are potential outcomes for children who have developed Erb’s palsy due to a birth injury:
- Some children may naturally restore their nerve damage over time
- Many injured children require surgical intervention to restore the nerves
- Children who see the palsy persist over a year may have permanent inflexibility or arthritis
- Nerve transplants for children under one year of age may yield the best treatment results
If a child goes without treatment for over a year following the injury, he or she may experience permanent disability from Erb’s palsy.
Although Erb’s palsy is usually considered a treatable condition, this treatment can be costly. However, if a negligent doctor is responsible for your child’s Erb’s palsy, your family may be entitled to compensation to help cover these medical bills. To discuss your case, contact the Erb’s palsy birth injury attorneys of the Driscoll Firm, by calling (800) 305-9800 today.