Erb’s Palsy & Brachial Plexus Injuries
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The brachial plexus is a network of nerves connecting the spinal cord to shoulder, hand, and arm. Injury to these nerves can result in loss of movement in the hand and arm and inability to rotate the shoulder. Brachial plexus injuries are often a result of medical error while handling shoulder dystocia, a condition during childbirth when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck during delivery. Erb’s Palsy is a specific type of brachial plexus injury in which the arm is either partially or completely paralyzed. Brachial plexus injuries can lead to pain and suffering and a lifetime of medical bills.
If you believe your baby has suffered a brachial plexus injury due to medical error, please contact our office immediately.
Medical Malpractice/Brachial Plexus Birth Injury – $1.4 Million recovery for young girl that received a right arm brachial plexus injury at birth. The Obstetrician claimed the proper maneuvers were used and the proper amount of traction was applied. However, during discovery it was proven that the Obstetrician used a maneuver that was not a proper maneuver and it was this maneuver that caused the injury. The matter settled during trial.
Medical Malpractice/ Brachial Plexus Birth Injury – $850,000 recovery after the plaintiff had rested its case where a young girl received a left arm brachial Plexus injury at birth that was proven to have resulted from a medical resident attempting a posterior arm sweep for the first time. The plaintiff proved that the injury resulted from the resident inappropriately applying traction during the maneuver she had never attempted before
- American Academy of Orthapedic Surgeons – Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy)
- Centers for Disease Control and Preventions – Birth Defects
- Birth Defects Research for Children – BirthDefects.Org