Different from cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy affects the nerves surrounding the shoulder, rather than the brain. Erb’s palsy can be caused by a number of different factors, but is very commonly associated with birth injuries caused by negligent or careless doctors or other medical professionals. This condition can have serious side effects for any innocent infant that suffers from it, not to mention that parents might be facing both emotional grief and financial costs as a result of their child’s condition.
Recognizing Erb’s Palsy
Many parents are not sure if their baby is suffering from a birth injury, such as Erb’s palsy, but there are signs that parents can look for. For example, because Erb’s palsy affects the nerves in the shoulder area, parents might notice the following indicators of this condition in their newborn:
- Weakness in one arm
- Numbness / inability to move one or both arms
- Paralysis on one side of the body
- Drooping of eyelids
These symptoms could indicate that a baby is suffering from Erb’s palsy, and his or her nerves have been damaged. If this accident occurred at birth, then it may be the responsibility of the doctor who presided over the delivery or any other medical professional involved.
Many worried and frustrated parents are forced to face the fact that a doctor caused their baby’s Erb’s palsy, but you do not have to face this alone. Our lawyers at Pohl & Berk, LLP, work to provide the support and guidance parents need in such a situation, helping them to pursue much-needed compensation for their losses and suffering. Call 615-277-2765 today talk about how we can potentially help you fight back against the doctor or nurse who is implicated in your baby’s condition.