Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is an unfortunately common birth injury in which damage to the upper nerves of the arm and shoulder leads to limited mobility for the affected limb or limbs. This condition is most often caused by excessive pressure or stress placed on the child during delivery, typically associated with medical negligence. Left untreated, this nervous system damage can lead to muscle atrophy and other health concerns over time.
If your child was injured during delivery because of a doctor’s carelessness, we can help your family work through the legal process of filing a medical malpractice claim. For more information about seeking the full compensation you deserve if your child has developed Erb’s palsy, contact a compassionate yet tenacious Erb’s palsy lawyer of the Driscoll Firm today by calling (800) 900-7704.
Major Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Labor and delivery is physically tough for mothers as well as their children, which is why doctors must act carefully in order to prevent both parties from suffering any injuries. If they fail in this important duty, it can lead to the following situations that may result in Erb’s palsy:
- Abnormal pressure on the infant’s arm(s) during a breech delivery
- Abnormal pressure on the infant’s shoulder(s) during a head-first delivery
- Unusual sideways movement of the head and neck when traveling through the birth canal
In addition to these delivery room causes of Erb’s palsy, a child may develop this condition due to postpartum trauma. Causes of this trauma may range from negligent handling to acts of violence towards the child in the hospital.
The cost of providing medical care to a child with Erb’s palsy be difficult without the full amount of compensation you deserve from the negligent doctor or medical team at fault for your precious son’s or daughter’s injury. To learn more about how we can help you fight back, contact a skilled Erb’s palsy attorney of the Driscoll Firm at (800) 900-7704 today.