Erbs Palsy

At birth, healthy babies are born with a nerve network called the brachial plexus that allows the spine to send signals to the shoulders, arms and hands. While other forces can cause Erb’s palsy later in life, improper delivery techniques could cause brachial plexus injuries, causing this birth defect. This often happens when a baby’s shoulder isn’t supported or positioned properly during the birthing process. Erb-Duchenne (Erb’s) palsy refers to paralysis of the upper brachial plexus while Dejerine-Klumpke (Klumpke's) palsy refers to paralysis of the lower brachial plexus.

The following four levels of Erb’s Palsy range from the most severe to the least severe: avulsion, rupture, neuroma and neuropraxia. (This last one is the most common form of Erb’s palsy).

Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

While symptoms of Erb’s palsy may vary, they often include the loss of muscle control in an arm, hand or wrist, as well as a paralyzed (or limp) arm. cerebral palsy children suffering from this type of injury often report that they have no feeling in an arm or hand.

Long-term Prognosis, Treatment and Research

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the most fortunate Erb’s palsy babies are able to recover with a limited amount of physical therapy during the first three or four months of their lives. Others may require physical therapy or surgery to reverse their troubling or debilitating symptoms.

Unfortunately, avulsion and rupture injuries usually can’t be corrected or improved unless immediate cerebral palsy treatment such as surgical reconnection is achieved. However, those afflicted with either neuroma or neuropraxia can often achieve a full or partial recovery.

At present, researchers are looking for new ways to prevent the development of Erb’s palsy and to find more successful ways to treat its symptoms once they appear.

Readers can obtain additional information about Erb’s palsy by contacting one or more of the following groups:  The Brachial Plexus Palsy Foundation, The United Brachial Plexus Network or The March of Dimes.

Erb’s Palsy Legal Claim Help

It’s easy to understand why so many people become upset when it looks like their newborn child was injured by a doctor with substandard skills. Fortunately, lawyers who specialize in birth injury cases are available to help you.

These attorneys are familiar with the emotional upheaval you’re going through and know how to pursue the full financial compensation your child is entitled to receive.  If you’re child’s Erb’s palsy is rather severe, you’ll need every bit of financial help you can obtain to help your child finance all of his or her future medical care and treatments.