Erb’s Palsy

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Erb’s palsy is a common birth injury that occurs when the brachial plexus—the network of nerves that surrounds the shoulder—is damaged. Erb’s palsy can impair a child’s ability to control or move his or her arms.

The Birmingham medical malpractice attorneys at Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates understand the costs associated with the treatment of Erb’s palsy and other birth injuries. If you believe your child suffered harm due to the negligence of a medical professional during childbirth, please call us at 205-545-7475 for your personal consultation with one of our lawyers.

Erb’s palsy frequently occurs as a result of shoulder dystocia, in which an infant’s shoulders cannot clear the birth canal during delivery. If the attending medical professional does not respond appropriately, the brachial plexus can be harmed.

The nerves of the brachial plexus are responsible for sensation and motion in the arms, and the stretching or rupturing of those nerves during childbirth can result in varying levels of paralysis to an arm. While Erb’s palsy is generally treatable, surgery is often required to repair the damage; if not treated, the nerve damage may become permanent.

Most cases of Erb’s palsy are preventable, and many may be attributed to medical malpractice. If your newborn was diagnosed with Erb’s palsy or other condition caused by medical negligence, our attorneys are here to fight for the financial security you need to cope with medical expenses and other damages.

If your child suffers from Erb’s palsy or another type of birth injury, please contact Jonathan W. Gathings & Associates for your free case consultation. Our Birmingham medical malpractice lawyers welcome clients from throughout Alabama.