Can birth complications cause Erb's palsy?

For victims of medical malpractice, recovery may be a long road forward. Sadly, children who are injured because of an error during delivery may face a particularly devastating permanent disability, resulting in lifelong hardships for both them and their parents. In San Bernardino, California, medical malpractice victims should do everything in their ability to hold negligent medical professionals accountable.

On their site, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke explores the causes, outlook and symptoms of Erb's Palsy. Also known as brachial plexus injuries, Erb's palsy can be caused by complications during childbirth. When nerves are damaged during birth complications and a child suffers from Erb's palsy, they may experience a variety of symptoms, such as a limp arm, loss of sensation in their hand or arm and loss of muscle control in their wrist, hand or arm. For children who have suffered brachial plexus injuries, symptoms may improve a few months after their birth. In some circumstances, physical therapy and surgery may also help treat the symptoms. Unfortunately, full recovery is not always possible and the condition may affect children throughout their life.

If your child suffered brachial plexus injuries during a difficult delivery, you may be experiencing a variety of difficult emotions and be unsure of how to address the situation. However, it is essential to deal with the situation properly by doing everything you can to help your child recover, if possible. When a negligent doctor error or other error during delivery causes a birth injury such as Erb's palsy, some people take legal action to secure compensation for the difficulties they have endured.

Please keep in mind that this material is not intended as legal advice.

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