Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy are often caused by injuries that occur during child birth. Cerebral Palsy can result in brain damage, central nervous system issues, and long-term health problems. Between 40 and 50% of all children who develop cerebral palsy were born prematurely. Premature infants are vulnerable, in part because their organs are not fully developed, increasing the risk of hypoxic injury to the brain that may manifest as Cerebral Palsy.
Erb’s palsy or Erb-Duchenne palsy is a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm’s main nerves, specifically the severing of the upper trunk C5-C6 nerves. As a result, a child might suffer from weakness or paralysis of the lower and upper arm. Depending on the nature of the damage, the paralysis might resolve on its own over a period of months, necessitate rehabilitative therapy, or require surgery.
Unfortunately, these two disorders can develop because medical professionals failed to adhere to proper medical procedures. Medical professionals must react to the warnings signs, such as bleeding in the brain and low-oxygen, known as hypoxia. Sometimes medical professionals make mistakes during a child delivery, such as: failing to respond to fetal distress, delaying a C-section, failing to perform a C-section, improper use of birthing equipment, failing to respond to breech birth, failure to identify gestational diabetes, twisting the infant’s head or neck during delivery, wrenching the infant’s shoulders, or allowing pressure to build in the infant’s shoulders and arms.
These mistakes and missteps by medical professionals do happen, and the consequences are often severe. The families who care for their affected children have tremendous financial and personal needs. Consultations at our Medical Malpractice firm are free. If you or someone you know is affected by Erb’s Palsy, please call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, PC because you might be entitled to compensation. We are here to help bring justice to your family and loved ones.