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ERB'S PALSY & BRACHIAL
PLEXUS

Chicago Erb’s Palsy & Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyers

Was Your Child the Victim of a Birth Injury?

Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy that leads to weakness and possible paralysis of a newborn’s arm. Erb’s palsy is the result of a stretch injury to your baby’s brachial plexus, a network of nerves near the neck that connects to the nerves of the arm that control movement and feeling to the arm and hands.

At Walner Law, our experienced and caring Chicago Erb’s palsy & brachial plexus lawyers have more than 75 years of experience fighting for the rights of injury victims. We know what it takes to win your claim so that you can move on with the joys of being new parents.

To schedule a free consultation with our legal team, complete our contact form or call (312) 313-2888.

About the Condition

Erb’s palsy is usually a birth injury, occurring at the time of a difficult childbirth. If a difficult birth causes your baby’s shoulder to become stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone, this is called shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia can stretch, tear, or rupture the nerves of the child’s brachial plexus.

Erb’s palsy can also be caused by medical malpractice. This can include excessive pulling on the shoulders during delivery, or when your newborn’s head and neck are pulled to the side to allow the shoulders to pass through your birth canal.

Excessive stretching or tearing of the brachial plexus often causes:

  • Limpness
  • Reduced sensation
  • Paralysis
  • A lack of muscle control in the upper limb

Most often, a baby’s upper nerves are affected. Your child may be able to move his or her hand, but possibly not their arm. If both the upper and lower nerves are stretched, the condition is usually more severe than just Erb’s palsy. It is called “global” or total brachial plexus birth palsy.

One or 2 of every 1,000 babies born suffer from Erb’s palsy and about 1 in 10 Erb’s palsy sufferers recover on their own. Most infants with this condition will regain feeling and movement in their injured arm. As a parent, you must carefully review the recovery process to ensure full functionality.

Risks of Shoulder Dystocia

A properly trained obstetrician will be able to identify any shoulder dystocia risks and can take the necessary steps to avoid injury during the birthing process.

Increased risks of shoulder dystocia include:

  • High birth weight
  • Overweight or obese mothers
  • A long second stage of labor

Shoulder dystocia can be prevented by scheduling a Cesarean section (C-section) for mothers who are high-risk. If shoulder dystocia occurs during delivery, there are a number of techniques that can be attempted to free the trapped shoulder and deliver the baby safely. Although shoulder dystocia is a serious situation that can result in Erb’s palsy, it does not have to.

Calling us today will not cost you a dime. If you live in the Chicago area and your child has suffered a birth injury, please call Walner Law. We work on a contingency basis and offer free consultations, so please contact our office today to learn more.

Call (312) 313-2888 or send us a message to schedule a no-cost case evaluation.

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