Erb’s palsy consists of paralysis of the shoulder girdle and upper arm muscles caused by an injury to the upper section of the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the arm and hand. Erbs palsy is one of several forms of brachial plexus palsy in which the arm of the afflicted child is rotated internally and hangs limply at the side. Around one to two babies in 1,000 suffer from Erb's Palsy at birth. Approximately 10% of these need treatment whereas most others will heal spontaneously.
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Many of the risk factors that contribute to the potential of an Erbs palsy injury can be uncovered during pregnancy and treated appropriately. Following are some conditions and factors that contribute to an increased risk of birth complications that may result in Erbs palsy:
- Large fetal size
- Gestation beyond forty weeks
- Gestational diabetes
- Protracted first stage of labor
- Abnormal maternal pelvic structure
- Maternal obesity
Erbs palsy affects children in a variety of ways. Some can move their hands but not their shoulder muscles. Others can move their arms but have little control over their wrist and hand. Yet others have no feeling or muscle control throughout their arm. It all depends on which nerves and how severely they are injured.
There are four kinds of nerve damage that cause Erbs palsy:
- Avulsion – the nerve is torn from the spine
- Rupture – the nerve is also torn from the spine, but not where it attaches to the spine
- Neuroma – the nerve tried to heal itself, but the resulting scar tissue puts pressure on another nerve, interfering with its ability to conduct signals to the muscles
- Praxis – the nerve is damaged but not torn. Injuries may heal without treatment
If you suspect that your child is suffering from Erbs palsy due to improper care during childbirth or other negligent factor, an experienced Erbs palsy lawyer can help you investigate if you and your family may be entitled to damages.
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