birth-injury

Erb’s palsy victims can count on our attorneys

Complications during labor and delivery could mean a lifetime of painful medical consequences for those afflicted. In particular, Erb’s palsy is a severe nerve injury that can occur during the birthing process. In many cases, appropriate medical action during delivery can prevent permanent Erb’s palsy. Tragically, if appropriate obstetrical care does not occur, the child could endure serious medical difficulties for years to come.

Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is a medical malpractice law firm with a stellar reputation and vast experience handling birth injury cases. Victims of birth injuries and their families turn to our attorneys to represent their rights against negligent doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other liable parties. With offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, our attorneys serve clients throughout the Maryland, including Silver Spring, Upper Marlboro, Rockville, Greenbelt, Annapolis, and Columbia.

What is Erb’s palsy?

Erb’s palsy is another name for brachial plexus palsy. The brachial plexus is a network of spinal nerves in the neck, shoulder, and down the arms. These nerves provide movement and feeling to the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. Palsy means weakness, and brachial plexus birth palsy causes shoulder, arm, and hand weakness and loss of motion.

Erb’s palsy can occur when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery and the obstetrician pulls too hard on the baby’s head, causing an injury to the brachial plexus nerves. One or two of every 1,000 babies have this condition.

With exercise, physical therapy and regular care, many babies will recover movement and feeling in their arms. Some children may require nerve grafting and/or tendon transfer surgery, however, with very serious brachial plexus injuries may never recover full control and full feeling.

Symptoms of Erb’s palsy

Erb’s Palsy symptoms can range from mild to severe, and include a limp arm or hand over which the infant has little or no muscle control. There can also be decreased range of motion, strength and sensation in the arm, hand, or wrist.

Typically, Erb’s palsy is diagnosed at birth during the newborn assessment. Health care providers look for signs of:

  • Less grip strength in the side that is afflicted
  • Missing or reduced reflexes
  • Absent spontaneous movement in the arm and hand
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Arm is bent at the child’s elbow and held against the body
  • Protrusion of the shoulder blade (scapular winging)

Erb’s palsy and medical malpractice in Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Under many conditions, exercising reasonable medical care can help prevent Erb’s palsy. Unfortunately, doctor negligence and hospital errors may cause injuries in newborns.

If a doctor or other health care professionals fails in their duty to provide adequate medical attention, it might be considered medical malpractice. Negligent activities that might quality as medical malpractice include:

  • Improper use of instruments such as a vacuum extractor or forceps
  • Excessive pulling on the baby’s head
  • Failing to perform standard birthing maneuvers
  • Performing a vaginal delivery instead of a Cesarean section

Speak with our experienced birth injury lawyers in Washington D.C. or Baltimore today

Parents who suspect medical malpractice is to blame for their child’s Erb’s palsy should contact Schochor, Federico and Staton, a premier law firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. For more than 30 years, clients have trusted their toughest medical malpractice cases to our seasoned attorneys. We pride ourselves not only on our bevy of professional accolades and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, but our lawyers’ commitment to giving a voice to victim. Call today at 410-234-1000.