Erb’s Palsy Resources
Posted By On behalf of Arnold Law Firm on August 14, 2014 in Birth Defects And Injuries
Families who are dealing with Erb’s Palsy (a form of Brachial Plexus Palsy) may feel isolated but the condition is far more prevalent than one would think. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that approximately 2 in 1,000 infants is born with Erb’s Palsy (EP).
Erb’s Palsy is a condition that affects the nerves near the neck and causes weakness and lack of feeling in the arm. The condition is caused by difficult deliveries where the baby’s neck muscles are stretched thereby affecting the child’s nerves and causing the condition.
In many cases, infants born with EP can recover substantial if not all feeling and movement in the affected arms. In other cases, there may be permanent weakness in one arm, loss of feeling in the arm or partial and total paralysis of the arm.
Potential Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s Palsy can sometimes occur as a matter of medical negligence. Some of the causes include:
- Failure to diagnose gestational diabetes
- Failure to manage weight gain during pregnancy
- Failure to deliver baby after due date
- Failure to consider cesarean section
- Improper use of forceps
- Improper use of vacuum extraction tools
Resources for families battling Erb’s Palsy:
- Stanford Center for Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy
- IDEA (special education resources for students)
- Brachial Plexus Palsy Foundation
If you or a family member have experienced a birth where Erb’s Palsy was subsequently diagnosed, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Arnold Law Firm 916-924-3100 or send us an inquiry online.