Erb’s Palsy Claims

Brachial plexus palsy, also known as Erb’s palsy, is a disorder caused primarily by birth trauma, which is defined as excessive traction on a baby’s head, neck, or shoulders during birth or delivery, causing nerve damage in the neck.

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What is Erb’s Palsy disorder?

Erb’s palsy (or Erb–Duchenne palsy) is a form of brachial plexus palsy. One or two in every 1,000 babies present with this condition. It is often caused when an infant’s neck is stretched to the side during a difficult delivery.

Recovery of movement and feeling in the affected arm occurs in most cases, often with daily physio and exercises. However, parents will play an active role in helping their child recover maximum function in the affected arm.

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Erb’s Palsy Claims – FAQs

How can this type of injury be caused during childbirth?

Brachial plexus injuries in newborn babies usually occur during a very difficult delivery, often when the baby presents as large, in a breech position, or following long labour. It can also happen if a birth becomes complicated and the midwife or delivery team must deliver the baby quickly and exert some force/pressure to extract the baby from the birth canal.

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Erb’s Palsy Claims – FAQs

Erb’s palsy treatment

Non-Surgical Treatment

Because most newborns with brachial plexus birth palsy recover on their own, a doctor will re-examine the child frequently to check on nerve recovery. Nerves tend to grow and recover very slowly, and it can in fact take up to 2 years for a recovery. There are both non-surgical and surgical treatment options for Erbs and Brachial Plexus palsy.

Surgical Treatment

A doctor may suggest surgical treatment if there has been no improvement over the first 3 to 6 months of non-surgical intervention. In microsurgery, surgeons will often use microscopes and small specialized instruments. It should be noted that nerve surgery does not typically fully restore the normal function of the affected body-part and is usually not helpful in older infants.

As with all medical negligence cases, the process can be lengthy, and it is important to take those initial first steps of gathering information, and seeking the advices of a legal representative, who can point you in the right direction as to how to deal with your potential medical negligence claim.

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Quite often, parents may find themselves reluctant to contact birth injury solicitors in the early course as it may feel like prematurely acknowledging that their child has an illness from which they might not recover.

If you’d want to seek compensation for a birth injury to your child, please schedule a call back request with one of our Erb’s Palsy Claims Solicitor 1800 844 104 or email us at [email protected]

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