This type of birth injury stems from paralysis of the brachial plexus and is often confused with Klumpke’s palsy. The difference is that Klumpke’s palsy is an injury in the lower plexus.
Trauma occurs during the delivery process when the infant’s shoulders are stuck behind the mother’s cervix. This may result in severe nerve damage of the newborn’s arm and shoulder.
The damage is done when the obstetrician applies a lot of force to dislodge the baby’s shoulders.
The value of an Erb’s palsy attorney
Some infants recover after a few months depending on their circumstances. If the child does not recover, he or she may require an operation. Even corrective surgery may take months or years before positive results are visible. Many parents in this situation turn to an Erb’s palsy lawyer for legal guidance.