If your child was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy or another brachial plexus injury, you owe it to them to investigate whether medical malpractice was to blame.
Erb’s palsy (also commonly referred to as a brachial plexus injury or BPI) occurs when the nerves that surround the shoulder (brachial plexus) are damaged during the birthing process. This injury causes a lack of movement or weakness in the arm. There are several reasons this might occur, with the main one being the medical malpractice of a Dallas doctor or obstetrician.
Overview and causes.
Erb’s palsy has several other names: brachial plexus injury, brachial paralysis, Klumpke paralysis, and Erb-Duchenne paralysis. Some of the most common causes of a brachial plexus injury during birth include:
- The pulling of the infant’s head and neck toward the side while the shoulders pass through the birth canal.
- The medical professional or other person pulling on the shoulders of the infant during a normal head presentation delivery.
- Placing pressure of the raised arms of the baby during a breech delivery.
There are several forms of brachial plexus injuries that can occur in an infant. The type of injury is contingent upon the amount of paralysis in the infant’s arm.
- In most cases brachial plexus injuries only affect the upper arm.
- In Erb’s paralysis both the upper and lower arm is affected.
- Klumpe paralysis affects the hand and may also cause the eyelid on the opposite side to droop.
The following risk factors may increase the potential for Erb’s palsy:
- A breech birth.
- An infant that is larger than normal, often the result of a diabetic mother.
- Problems with delivery of the baby’s shoulder after head presentation (such as shoulder dystocia).
The numbers of cases of brachial plexus injuries has declined with the adoption of modern delivery techniques. In fact, cesarean deliveries are used commonly when there are concerns about the safety of a delivery. It is important to keep in mind that while a c-section reduces the potential for injury, it certainly does not prevent it and carries risks of its own.
If an infant has a brachial plexus birth injury, symptoms will appear immediately or soon after he or she is born. The symptoms of the condition include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- The newborn fails to move his upper or lower arm (or hand).
- There is no Moro reflex on the side that is affected.
- There is a decreased grip on the side that is affected.
- The arm is bent at the elbow and held against the infant’s body.
Prognosis (future outlook).
The majority of babies will recover by the time they are six months of age, but unfortunately, those who do not recover during that time have a tougher outlook. For these babies, there is a possibility that the nerve root is detached from the spinal cord; a condition called avulsion. Nerve avulsions can sometimes be partially treated by nerve grafting and nerve transfers.
If your child was born with Erb’s palsy or another form of brachial plexus injury (BPI), call the Dallas Erb’s palsy lawyers at Rasansky Law Firm. We can help you develop a life care plan for your child in order to determine the true value of your child’s injury over the course of their lifetime. We will then use this to develop a substantiated demand and seek the compensation that your child deserves. Fight for what your child deserves. Email us right now or call 1-877-405-4313 to speak with us about your case for free.
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