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Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy, also known as brachial plexus palsy, occurs when the bundle of nerves in an infant’s shoulder are damaged during delivery. This type of birth injury can occur when doctors use excessive force during delivery, improperly remove a baby from the birth canal, or fail to perform a timely C-section. The chances for a difficult delivery that may result in Erb’s palsy can often be detected during prenatal care.

Under nearly every circumstance, Erb’s palsy is a result of medical negligence. If your child was born with Erb’s palsy you may be entitled to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. One of the experienced attorneys at Penner Law Firm would be happy to meet with you for free to discuss your rights and help you choose the most effective course of action.

If your child is suffering from Erb’s palsy, please contact Penner Law Firm or call 203-878-1254 today to schedule a free consultation with one of our Connecticut birth injury lawyers.

Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

The most common cause of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia, when an infant’s head is stretched away from the shoulder resulting in brachial plexus nerves being damaged or severed. Depending on the extent of damage done to this bundle of nerves, your child may show Erb’s palsy symptoms including:

  • Complete paralysis in the arm
  • Limited arm muscle control
  • An inability to control wrist, hand, or fingers
  • A lack of sensation in the arm or hand

When the nerves are simply stretched these symptoms may go away on their own, but when more severe damage occurs, treatment including reconstructive surgery and physical therapy may be necessary to address the issue.

These treatments can be physically painful for the child and both emotionally and financially draining for parents. If your child has suffered severe brachial plexus injury, you deserve compensation for medical expenses and related damages.

To discuss your child’s Erb’s palsy with one of our Connecticut birth injury attorneys, please contact us today.  We help families struggling with birth injury throughout Connecticut from our offices in Milford, Branford, Greenwich, Norwalk, and Hartford.