What is 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 that can occur during childbirth is Erb’s palsy, which affects the 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.
If you or someone you love has suffered from an injury at childbirth, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an Oklahoma birth injury lawyer at the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 239-7046 to discuss your legal options.
Causes and Symptoms
Erb’s palsy occurs when the mother’s pelvic bones impact a child’s shoulders during a difficult birth. If this occurs, it may result in several symptoms that can affect the child’s arms and hands, including:
- 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:
- Occupational therapy
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 it for the remainder of their lives.
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 to 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.