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Our Erb’s Palsy Attorneys Can Hold Negligent Doctors Accountable


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Our Erb’s Palsy attorneys at Douglas & London in New York, NY, assist families experiencing the hardships that accompany this birth-related injury. Erb's Palsy causes paralysis or weakness in a baby’s arm. Although some cases of Erb’s Palsy resolve themselves over time, in many cases, a child can suffer lifelong struggles. Our attorneys can work diligently to ensure that you and your family are properly compensated for the injury your child suffered during birth at the hands of a negligent doctor or midwife. If your child is exhibiting signs of Erb’s Palsy, call (212) 566-7500 or reach out online to book a case review. With our help, clients with injured children have collected millions in damages

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy is an injury to the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that extend from the spinal cord in the neck. These nerves contribute to the movement of the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. An injury to these nerves can result in a paralysis or weakness in a baby’s shoulder, arm, or hand. Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy include:

  • An inability to move the arm or shoulder
  • An arm that appears bent inward toward the body
  • Weak or absent reflexes in the arm
  • Lack of sensation in the arm or hand
  • An arm that appears limp
  • Loss of control of the muscles in the arm, hand, or wrist

With our help, clients with injured children have collected millions in damages.

Generally, if it is discovered your child has Erb’s Palsy, your doctor will recommend non-surgical treatment, such as physical therapy. If there is no improvement within three to six months following physical therapy, your doctor may recommend surgery. It can take several months following surgery to determine if the procedure was successful, and the type of brachial plexus injury typically determines the outcome. As a parent, you can be left with mounting medical bills associated with your child’s treatment and care. Your child can suffer lifelong weakness in the shoulder, arm, and hand.

Causes of Erb’s Palsy

There are certain factors that place your baby at a higher risk for Erb’s Palsy, such as a large infant size, high birth weight, or a small maternal size. It is your doctor’s job to account for these potential risk factors and recommend a cesarean section to avoid complications. During the birthing process, doctor negligence can include failing to act fast enough to avoid complications or using excessive force with forceps or a vacuum that pulls on the baby’s shoulder or legs. 

Working with an Erb’s Palsy Attorney

Our attorneys frequently handle medical malpractice cases involving clients whose children have developed Erb’s Palsy. We can work closely with you to prove that your doctor acted negligently, causing your child’s injury. We can pursue compensation for any medical expenses associated with your child’s surgical and non-surgical treatment. We can also seek compensation for the pain and suffering you and your child suffer and your child’s reduced quality of life due to his or her injury. 

Schedule Your Consultation 

If your child suffered an injury during birth that has resulted in muscle weakness or paralysis in the shoulder, arm, or hand, contact the law firm of Douglas & London online or call (212) 566-7500 to schedule a free case review. Our representation has helped many clients to rebuild their lives.

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