Erb’s Palsy

Injuries that occur during childbirth affect the lives of millions of Americans every day. Although medical technology is advancing rapidly, giving birth still carries certain risks. One of the many conditions which can occur during childbirth is Erb’s palsy, which affects the group of nerves that control the muscles in one’s arms and hands. Studies indicate that approximately 2 out of every 10,000 infants will require surgery for Erb’s palsy.

If you or someone you love has suffered from an injury which occurred at childbirth, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an Oklahoma birth injury lawyer at the Abel Law Firm by calling 1-800-739-2235 to discuss your legal options.

Causes and Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy occurs when a child’s shoulders are impacted by the mother’s pelvic bones during a difficult birth. If this occurs, it may result in a number of symptoms that can affect the child’s arms and hands, including:

  • Limpness
  • Full or partial paralysis
  • Lack of muscle control
  • Loss of sensitivity to affected areas

Treatment for Erb’s Palsy

In most instances, Erb’s palsy can be resolved before the child is a year old. Treatments vary depending on the extent of nerve damage, but they include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Surgery

In mild cases, symptoms may be resolved in three to four months. More severe cases, however, can take up to two years. After a child turns 2, it is unlikely that much more progress will be made. Occasionally, children will be affected by Erb’s palsy for the remainder of their lives.

Contact Us

In many instances, Erb’s palsy occurs because of a doctor’s negligence. If your child has suffered from Erb’s palsy, you may be entitled compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other related fees. Contact an Oklahoma birth injury attorney at the Abel Law Firm by dialing (405) 239-7046 to schedule a free consultation.

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