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While difficult births are not uncommon, modern hospitals and obstetrics practices are equipped with the right equipment to make a safe Cesarean section (C-section) birth possible. Many complicated births can be predicted during ultrasound readings and danger to both mother and baby minimized through taking appropriate precautions.
Causes of Erb’s Palsy
With all the medical advances in the US, infants still experience injuries during childbirth. One of these birth injuries is Erb’s palsy, or brachial palsy. Erb’s palsy is a condition where the brachial plexus, or shoulder nerves and tendons, are damaged. The most common cause of Erb’s is “difficult childbirth.” The actual cause of Erb’s palsy during childbirth may include:
- Pulling on the head or shoulder of the infant
- Improper use of forceps during labor
- Inappropriate use of vacuum suctioning to assist with labor
- Mishandling of infant after birth
Erb’s Palsy Treatment Expensive
Infants who develop Erb’s palsy during birth sometimes recover on their own but for many, the condition must be treated through physical therapy, and others never recover from the condition. The cost for the treatment of Erb’s palsy can be steep, and there is no guarantee that a child will be able to completely recover.
Sometimes nerve transplants are necessary to help an infant recover from Erb’s palsy, and this expensive procedure may not be successful. Other treatments have the potential for weakening or damaging muscle tissues and may be as potentially dangerous to the child’s motor skills as the condition itself is.
If your child has suffered a preventable birth injury during delivery, you are not alone. Thousands of infants suffer injury while being delivered every year, but the medical malpractice attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC have the experience and expertise necessary to help you bring litigation against those responsible for your child’s injury.
Our firm has handled litigation against large hospitals including N.Y.U Medical Center, Beth Israel Hospital, and New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and is not intimidated by large organizations. We will pursue your case through the full course of its trial and will fight aggressively for your right to compensation.
Please contact the experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Morelli Ratner PC today if you or your child has experienced a birth injury such as Erb’s palsy. We protect the rights of clients throughout New York City, Staten Island, Long Island, New York state and New Jersey.