Medical Malpractice

Erb’s Palsy

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Assisting with Erb’s Palsy in Brooklyn

Also referred to as a brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy most often occurs when the person delivering a baby applies excessive or improper lateral traction to the fetal neck region during delivery, causing tearing, stretching or damage to the nerves in that area. In other words, the doctor did not deliver your child properly and committed medical malpractice. The result can be temporary or cause permanent loss of the child’s ability to move his or her hands, fingers and/or arms, along with other serious complications.

Symptoms of Erb’s palsy can include:

  • Paralysis of the entire arm with the hand and fingers hanging limp
  • No or limited muscle control and no feeling in the arm or hand
  • Inability to use the shoulder or elbow
  • Inability to crawl or sit up without assistance

Erb’s palsy generally appears after a difficult delivery, when, for example, there is a shoulder dystocia — a condition that occurs when the baby’s shoulder becomes “stuck” behind the mother’s pubic bone in the birth canal, which may happen when the baby is large or sometimes when there is a prolonged labor. In these cases, the doctor, while attempting to remove the baby from the birth canal, sometimes with the use of forceps or a vacuum, may use excessive force or an inappropriate maneuver, causing the infant’s brachial plexus muscles to be stretched or torn, resulting in Erb’s palsy.

In many cases, Erb’s palsy is preventable. If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, you should contact Kadanoff & Kadanoff, PLLC immediately to seek experienced legal help as soon as possible to determine whether medical malpractice was the cause, before your child’s rights expire.

Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation about recovery possibilities for Erb’s palsy

Erb’s palsy is usually the result of medical malpractice by the doctor or medical team during labor. Kadanoff & Kadanoff, PLLC is well versed in the laws surrounding medical negligence. Contact us today at 718.875.6706 or [online] for a free initial consultation about recovery options after a diagnosis of Erb’s palsy.