A baby’s birth can be clouded by dark events, especially when medical practitioners are not careful during delivery. Sometimes care is not attended to sufficiently, and dangerous birth injuries are the result. One common birth injury associated with medical error in the delivery room is Erb’s Palsy. This condition results when a baby’s brachial plexus is damaged, which affects the nerves located in the upper arm and shoulder.
Though most parents are not immediately aware that their baby has been hurt, there may be signs that Erb’s Palsy has resulted from negligence. These signs could include a lack of movement, lack of response, or general weakness in the arm or shoulder. Living with Erb’s Palsy can be hard for both a baby and his or her parents, not just physically but financially as well.
Effects of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s Palsy can affect a person with the condition in a number of ways, and a newborn has limited defenses with which to battle this condition. Some of the possible effects of this condition might include:
- Numbness in the arm
- Weakness in the arm
- Partial paralysis
- Total paralysis
- Muscle atrophy
All of these effects might result from a baby getting Erb’s Palsy from an unsafe delivery. In many cases, such deliveries are the result of negligence or recklessness on behalf of the supervising medical staff. Whatever the cause of Erb’s Palsy, if a practitioner is implicated, then you and your family might have legal options available to you.