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Erb’s Palsy

If your child has suffered an injury due a medical error, the last thing on your mind is a lawsuit. You simply want to learn how to make your child’s life a comfortable and enriching one. However, medical malpractice can take this simple right away from you. Call a personal injury attorney today to learn about your rights, and how to protect them.

Erb’s palsy can lead to huge medical bills over the child’s lifetime for treatment and therapy. Erb’s palsy can also affect a child’s ability to make a living in the future. Any child or parent suffering from the effects of Erb’s palsy due to medical negligence is eligible to file a claim.

Has your child been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy induced by a medical error? Do not let your child suffer unconditionally. Contact a personal injury attorney to evaluate your claim.

Los Angeles Lawyer for Erb’s Palsy, CA

Childbirth should be a safe and celebratory event. However, due to the carelessness and negligence of a medical professional it can result in birth trauma. If your child has suffered a birth injury that led to Erb’s palsy, it is imperative that you contact a personal injury attorney.

Yarian & Associates, APC is aggressive and tenacious Los Angeles birth injury attorneys. The team at Yarian & Associates, APC has decades of experience handling personal injury law. We can help bring you justice and get you the compensation you deserve. Do not wait a moment longer for peace of mind. Contact an attorney at Yarian & Associates, APC, we serve clients throughout the California Central District Court and nearby cities including Visalia, Long Beach, Glendale, Pasadena, Bell, and Los Angeles.

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Overview of Erb’s Palsy in California

Erb’s Palsy Definition

The Erb’s Palsy Group states that Erb’s palsy (Erb-Duchenne Palsy) is the paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a grouping of nerve fibers running from the spine through the shoulder. This nerve group sends signals from the brain to the shoulder, arm, and hand. The brachial plexus can also be known as Erb’s Point.

The term “palsy” means weakness, which refers to Erb’s palsy’s arm weakness and loss of motion. Two of every 1,000 babies is given this condition due to birth trauma. It often is caused when the infant’s neck is stretched to the side during a difficult delivery.

Erb’s Palsy Symptoms

An Erb’s palsy diagnosis begins with physical exams. A medical professional will look for certain characteristics including narrowed eye pupils, lack of ability for a child’s face to sweat, and drooping eyelids. The physician will confirm suspicions with X-rays or computed tomographic (CT) scans.

Children with Erb’s palsy may experience several symptoms, including:

  • Weakness
  • Total or Partial Loss of Movement
  • Pain
  • Loss of Feeling

Types of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is divided into four main types. Each form of this condition requires different treatment methods to prevent or minimize damage to the nerves and muscles.

The types of Erb’s palsy include:

  • Rupture – A stretch injury which occurs when the nerve itself is torn. Rupture injuries require surgery to splice and graft the nerve back together. This type of injury heals on its own.
  • Avulsions – An avulsion occurs when a nerve is totally torn from the spinal cord. It may be possible to repair an avulsion with surgery, however, it is not always possible.
  • Neuroma – An neuroma is when a serious stretch injury damages some nerve fibers. As a result, long-term recovery from neuroma is typically only partial, not complete.
  • Neuropraxia – This occurs when a nerve is stretched or “shocked” but does not tear. Normally these injuries heal on their own within 3 months.

Causes of Erb’s Palsy

Obstetric injuries (injuries during birth) of the brachial plexus may be caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult childbirth. Shoulder dystocia is a specific abnormality that occurs when the shoulders are unable to pass the pubic bone during vaginal delivery.

Shoulder dystocia is a relatively rare phenomenon, occurring in less 1% of all births each year. However, with rising birth weight rates, shoulder dystocia is becoming more of a reality. Another common cause of Erb’s palsy is excessive pulling on the arm or shoulder during a head-first delivery (otherwise known as vertex presentation).

The results of Erb’s palsy can leave the affected limb in severe paralysis. Other common results are atrophy or severe impairment of the muscle ability of the arm. It is also common for the growth of the entire arm to be stunted. This leaves the limb smaller and less developed than the unaffected arm.

Working with the right attorney, who is knowledgeable in this type of medical malpractice, can alleviate the stress and help you fund the care your child needs.

Erb’s Palsy Treatments

Most obstetric brachial plexopathies spontaneously recover in 90 percent of affected individuals. Often, a child can heal on their own or use recommended physical therapy to ease stiffness. However, some do not recover and end up with motor control issues such as Erb’s palsy.

Treatment for Erb’s palsy depends on the severity of the injury. An Erb’s palsy diagnosis can range from partial to complete involvement of the affected nerve fiber collections. Erb’s palsy patients may use physical therapy and medications to ease muscle movement. In dire cases, an Erb’s palsy patient may be referred to surgery to repair nerve damage and paralysis.

Additional Resources

Erb’s Palsy: Who is to Blame and What Will Happen? – Visit the U.S. national Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and read a research article by Michael Chater and Peter Camfield. Read an article detailing erb’s palsy causes, diagnosis, symptoms treatment, and erb’s palsy in adults.

Erb’s Palsy – Visit the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website and read an article that discusses erb’s palsy. Read more on neurapraxia, neuroma, avulsions, causes, symptoms, and different kinds of erb’s palsy treatments.

Erb’s Palsy Group (EPG) – Visit Erb’s Palsy Group, a nonprofit organization that offers advice, information, and support to families affected by erb’s palsy. See children and adults living with erb’s palsy, estimates for how much erb’s palsy surgery cost, resources for erb’s palsy financial assistance, and more information.

Talk to an Experienced Birth Injury Lawyer as Soon as Possible

Our firm has helped many medical malpractice victims obtain financial compensation for their injuries. If you or someone you love has suffered from Erb’s palsy as the result of the negligence of a doctor, hospital, nurse or other medical professional or facility, call Yarian & Associates, APC today for a free consultation.

The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have handled many birth injury cases and have over two decades worth of experience in personal injury law. Yarian & Associates, APC has had many personal injury cases with promising results. We have even settled payouts in the millions. Start a plan and take your first step today. Yarian & Associates, APC has filed claims throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County area including Visalia, Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Pasadena.

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This article was last updated by Jordan Anderson, on June 19th, 2018.

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