Brachial Plexus & Erb’s Palsy Claims
A brachial plexus injury is a traumatic injury to the bundle of nerves contained in the neck. It may cause weakness, loss of feeling or loss of movement in the shoulder arm or hand.
Erb’s palsy is an injury that occurs when the nerves in a baby’s upper arm are damaged during birth causing paralysis of the arm. Erb’s palsy is frequently caused by shoulder dystocia which occurs when one or both of the fetal shoulders get caught within the pelvis and don’t deliver. The most common shoulder to be caught is the anterior shoulder which gets caught behind the pubic bone. Shoulder dystocia is a time dependent obstetric emergency that can occur unexpectedly and it is a significant cause of fetal and maternal morbidity. This is the reason why midwifery and medical staff have to always be aware as to how to manage a shoulder dystocia at any time. Failure to adopt approved manoeuvres may be considered substandard practice if a child has been left with erb’s palsy as a result of excessive use of traction in delivery.
If you or a family member were born with a brachial plexus injury or Erb’s Palsy and you have concerns in relation to the birth, we can help you with a compensation claim. Contact our experienced dedicated medical negligence solicitors for a free consultation.
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