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Erb’s Palsy: An Unfortunate and All Too Frequent Birthing Injury

Birthing Injuries

Birth injuries are just what they imply, injuries to an infant during the birthing process. Most time, the attending physician can avoid birth injuries by taking extra caution during the birthing process. One such birth injury is called Erbs Palsy. This palsy type is not the same as Cerebral Palsy.

What is Erbs Palsy?

Erbs Palsy is an injury to your infant’s arm during the birthing process, which is found mainly during difficult labor and deliveries. This palsy occurred when your infant was tugged or pulled on during birth. This palsy occurs when the neck is stretched and unnaturally turned during labor and delivery. 

  • Erbs Palsy is a condition where the arm becomes paralyzed. 
  • The cause is an injury to the central C5 and C6 and sometimes C7 nerves in the upper arm and trunk. 
  • The most commonly involved nerve is the C5.

There are various levels of Erb’s Palsy such as,

  • Partial paralyze
  • Complete paralyze
  • Nerves are bruised or torn

The C5 and C6 nerves, located in the neck, control the arm’s movement. When this injury occurs, the muscles turn inward and towards the body. This inward position affects the arm’s mobility due to nerve damage and paralysis, which can be temporary and resolve without treatment. This condition can also be permanent, suggesting that in-depth treatment or the doctor may recommend surgery. Reports indicate that one to two babies in every 1,000 infants is born with Erbs Palsy. 

Often, the attending physician can avoid some congenital disabilities by delivering the infant a bit differently, if at all possible. The bottom line is that your baby’s congenital disabilities can carry a lifetime of a financial burden for you, the parents, and your child when they reach their adult years.

Did your child experience birthing injuries? 

Why should you pay for all the expenses associated with a birthing injury? It makes no difference if the injury could have been avoided or was unavoidable. 

Perhaps the last thing you want to do is to sue the doctor, medical staff, or hospital for your baby’s injuries. All you ever desired is to have a healthy baby, born free from any disabilities. Unfortunately, this did not happen, and now you must meet challenges either short-term or for a lifetime. There is a good chance that you will not know for sure this outcome until the baby is a bit older. 

Medical care costs due to a birth injury are astronomical, and most parents do not have the money to pay for mounting medical bills to treat their child. They need help through compensation.

In this situation, we know that most parents we help are not vindictive towards the attending doctor or staff, but the fact remains that they need financial help. Many parents find it most difficult to seek compensation for their child for these reasons. Parents need legal help to seek the appropriate payment to help with the child’s medical bills and living expenses. There is nothing wrong with seeking fair and just compensation. 

In most cases, physical therapy treatments are enough to restore the function of the affected arm. However, time will tell. If mobility does not come back into the arm by the age of two years, it is unlikely that it ever will return without surgical intervention. 

Treatments including physical therapy and trips back and forth to the doctor’s office, and treatment costs money. A few of these following compensations can be paid for through a wrongful birthing injury. 

  • Pain and suffering
  • Doctor bills
  • Physical Therapy
  • Hospital bills
  • Surgical bills
  • Nursing services in-house

If you decide to file a claim for a birthing injury, many are eager to hear your story. Wrongful injuries during birth are time-sensitive so please place some calls for a free case review. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain if someone feels you have a birthing injury claim you can win.

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