Erb’s palsy in infants develops from damage to the brachial plexus — nerve damage usually occurring during labor and delivery. The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves in the shoulder that transmit messages from the brain to the arm and hand. When these nerves are damaged, communication between the arm and brain is not normal. Erb’s palsy refers to cases affecting only the shoulder and elbow muscles. Children who have been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy or brachial plexus palsy often suffer from disability for the rest of their lives because the muscles in the arms and shoulders are permanently unable to function properly. This leads to significant hardships for children and their families. We understand those hardships. We have pursued fair and full compensation for clients throughout Georgia. Our Atlanta-based attorneys access extensive resources, trial skills and a network of specialized medical experts to prepare birth injury cases capable of maximizing compensation from negligent health care providers and insurance companies.
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Erb’s Palsy And Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder dystocia occurs when birthing tools such as the forceps and vacuum are misused during labor and delivery, possibly causing nerve damage to the brachial plexus in the shoulder. Use of these tools may be necessary when a baby’s shoulders get stuck in the vaginal canal or behind the mother’s pelvis.
In these cases, doctors and delivery teams have specific duties and protocols that should be followed to safely deliver the baby. When there is a deviation or the delivery team does not notice in a timely manner that the baby’s oxygen supply is being compromised, Erb’s palsy or even cerebral palsy can result. The entire delivery team must be quick and organized to deliver the baby safely.
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