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Birth Injuries: What is Erb’s Palsy

What is Erb’s palsy?  Brachial plexus palsy and Erb’s palsy are birth injuries that can occur when the nerves around the infant’s shoulder are damaged during delivery and result in a loss of movement of the afflicted arm and hand. Brachial plexus palsy is the loss of movement in the upper arm.  Erb’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus that affects the upper and lower arm.

Erb’s palsy and plexus palsy are not naturally occurring conditions that a child is born with.  A baby suffers Erb’s Palsy during childbirth as a result of an improper delivery technique. The negligent delivery staff caused the child to suffer birth injuries and may be held liable for medical malpractice. 

As Virginia (VA) birth injury lawyers we know that negligence during childbirth can lead to other injuries such as:

  • Hypoxic brain injury - when the baby doesn't have enough oxygen. Prolonged oxygen deprivation can result in brain damage and neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemia injury, and epilepsy.
  • Cerebral Palsy - Neurological disorder affecting movement and coordination.

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Failure to recognize the need to perform a cesarean section (i.e. c-section).  In some cases, prenatal, as well as circumstances that arise at the time of delivery, require that the doctor recommend and perform a cesarean section in order to safely deliver the baby. Failure to that can result in the injuries that we listed above.  As personal injury lawyers we will protect the right of the parent and the child when things go wrong at delivery.


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