In This Section

Louisiana birth injury: Erb's Palsy facts

A number of things can happen during the labor and delivery process that can cause a child to suffer injuries. Damage to nerves in the neck and shoulder region known as the brachial plexus is actually fairly common. Sometimes, such an injury will heal in a short amount of time, but sometimes that damage may be permanent. Infants in Louisiana and elsewhere who suffer injury to the superior trunk of the brachial plexus are said to have the birth injury Erb's Palsy, which leaves many children with permanent impairments.

Erb's Palsy occurs when the head and shoulder are essentially pulled to an extreme while the infant is working his or her way through the birth canal. The nerves get stretched far beyond what they should, which can cause the child to experience weakness in the shoulder and arm of the affected side. This injury may happen if the infant gets stuck in the mother's pelvis, if labor is prolonged or if an assist device is used -- such as forceps.

Diagnosing Erb's Palsy is fairly easy. It requires imagining and/or nerves tests. Common tests used to check for Erb's Palsy include:

  • EMG
  • MRI
  • CT

Treatment for Erb's Palsy depends on the severity of the injury. Some patients require physical therapy, while some require surgical intervention. According to the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 20 to 25 percent of all infants diagnosed with Erb's Palsy will experience permanent impairment even if they receive treatment.

Louisiana residents whose children suffered the birth injury Erb's Palsy due to medical negligence may be entitled to seek compensation for any resulting losses. These losses may be economic or noneconomic in nature; they may be current or projected losses -- every case is different. An experienced attorney will have the ability to investigate one's case, provide legal guidance on the matter and even help one pursue compensation through litigation or settlement negotiation, if doing so is thought appropriate.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Life Member Million Dollar Advocates Forum Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • JUDICIAL EDITION AV Preeminent-Joseph F.Gaar-2013
Email Us For A Response

Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Gaar Law Firm
617 S. Buchanan Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

Toll Free: 800-549-1083
Phone: 337-366-0982
Fax: 337-233-0690
Lafayette Law Office Map

Gaar Law Firm
Get A Free Initial Consultation