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Erb's/Brachial Plexus Palsy

Erb’s/Brachial Plexus PalsyThe brachial plexus is a group of nerves that control the muscles of the shoulder and arm. When excessive force during a child's birth causes injury to the nerves, the resulting condition is called Erb's Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy, or Erb-Duchenne Paralysis. When the damage also affects the arm and hand, the condition is called Klumpke Paralysis.

This type of injury to a child is often medical negligence due to substandard care during the birth process. Oftentimes there was a failure to diagnosis a large baby that cannot fit through the birth canal, which led to the baby's shoulders getting stuck. The medical providers then fail to follow proper procedures to safely deliver the baby. They apply excessive force by pulling and/or twisting, resulting in the ripping or tearing of nerves from the spine.

Baby with Celebral PalsyWeakness of the arm is often seen in the delivery room. With physical therapy, some babies recover in the first two years of life, but are not often fully functional. Others require potential nerve grafts and nerve transfer surgeries, which may or may not be successful. Those that do not recover can have a life-long disability including a separation of the nerve root from the spinal cord.

If you suspect that your child's physical problems or learning disabilities are related to something that happened at birth, please don't delay in contacting us so that we can appropriately investigate your case. There are time limitations in New York State for filing such cases.

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