Erb’s palsy is a condition caused by injury to the brachial plexus nerves, which extend from the spinal cord, through the neck and shoulder, and down into the wrist, hand, and fingers. In a difficult delivery, these nerves may be stretched, torn, or pulled completely from the spinal cord. Erb’s palsy is characterized by an injury to the upper brachial plexus, which causes paralysis in the shoulder and upper arm. It may vary in severity depending on the extent of nerve damage.
If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, it is time to consider whether this condition was caused by substandard medical care during labor or delivery. A Hawaii Erb’s palsy attorney at Davis Levin Livingston can talk to you about what occurred during childbirth, can review medical records, and can offer an initial assessment of whether you may have a claim. With a Medical Director and nurse on staff to help you, they can effectively review your situation from medical and legal standpoints to offer the most accurate guidance.
For a free review with an experienced and knowledgeable professional, call (808) 400-7517. Davis Levin Livingston serves all of Hawaii.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is caused by an upper brachial plexus injury. These injuries may occur as a result of:
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor in an instrument-assisted delivery
- Failure to recommend a C-section
- Failure to diagnose fetal macrosomia (large infant)
- Too much force applied by a doctor in manually assisting a vaginal delivery
- Too much force applied by a doctor or nurse in performing a C-section
When Erb’s palsy is caused by medical malpractice, a failure to provide standard care, the family of the injured child may be able to pursue financial compensation from the at-fault party. This compensation may cover medical care, ongoing treatment, surgery, medication, assistive devices, and all other costs associated with the child’s immediate, long-term, or lifelong care.
Our Hawaii Erb’s palsy lawyers are here to help you recover a fair settlement or award for your child’s birth injury. To learn more, give us a call at (808) 400-7517.