What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy is a paralysis of the group of nerves that control movement of the arms. Erb’s Palsy occurs as a result of a difficult birth when the baby’s shoulders fail to pass through quickly after the head. This trauma may result in weakness or numbness in the infant’s arm, or in some cases be so severe as to cause partial or total paralysis of the affected arm. The attorneys at Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, know just how vulnerable the first few weeks of life are for an infant, and we want to ensure that you are able to pursue justice if negligent medical staff caused Erb’s Palsy in your child.

Treatments of Erb’s Palsy

While many infants outgrow the trauma caused by Erb’s Palsy, the syndrome has been known to leave permanent damage in some cases. Fortunately there are a few treatment options for these children:

  • Daily physical therapy is the most frequently employed treatment method, as it is non-surgical and has been proven effective.
  • Nerve grafts are a surgical procedure that doctors may begin to consider if there is no change in your baby’s condition after three to six months. Grafts involve splicing undamaged nerves from other parts of the infant to the damaged brachial plexus.
  • Nerve transfers are a step up from nerve grafts. In transfers, donor muscles are inserted in order to allow the child fuller range of motion.

All of these treatments have provided some level of success in dealing with Erb’s Palsy; however, some of the surgical options may be expensive. As such, seeking financial compensation from the liable party may be a wise option.

Contact a Birth Injury Attorney

If your child suffers from Erb’s Palsy as a result of traumatic delivery, you could receive compensation to help cover medical bills and account for pain and suffering. Call the offices of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, at (617) 426-4488 to discuss the particulars of your case with an attorney today.