Our Connecticut Attorney Can Recover Damages for Children Who Suffer from Erb’s Palsy
Representing babies and their families in Norwalk and Stamford and other Connecticut communities with birth injury claims
Erb’s palsy results from injury to the brachial plexus — the bundle of nerves surrounding the shoulder. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) estimates that one to two of every 1,000 births results in this medical condition. Also called brachial palsy, Erb’s palsy is a preventable birth defect caused by doctor error.
Our team at The Pickel Law Firm, LLC has successfully advocated for the rights of children and their families in Stamford and Norwalk and surrounding CT communities for more than 65 years combined. Our malpractice attorneys understand the heartbreak of discovering that your otherwise healthy baby was needlessly injured at birth. We give you straightforward advice as we compassionately guide you through each stage of your medical malpractice claim. Our primary objective is to recover compensation that funds your child’s opportunities for healthy development and increases quality of life.
Brachial palsy occurs during difficult delivery
An obstetrician can cause brachial injuries during delivery by using inappropriate techniques and too much force during a difficult labor. Brachial palsy is often caused by:
- The baby’s head getting stretched to the side at an abnormal and unhealthy angle
- An obstetrician pulling on the baby’s shoulders during headfirst delivery
- Pressure exerted on the baby’s raised arm during breech delivery
Types of brachial palsy
The doctor’s negligent actions during delivery can severely damage the nerves in the brachial plexus that affect arm movement and sensation. Depending on the specific area damaged during delivery, your baby may suffer from:
- Brachial palsy that affects the upper arm only
- Erb’s palsy that affects the upper and lower arm
- Klumpke paralysis that affects the hand and may cause an eyelid droop on the opposite side of the body
Erb’s palsy symptoms
Erb’s palsy may result in paralysis and weakness in the arm. The infant’s arm may appear limp and flop as the baby is moved. In some cases, the baby’s arm remains bent and snug against the body. The impairment may be complete or partial. In less severe damage to the nerves, the birth injury heals on its own over time or requires limited noninvasive medical care. For other children, however, Erb’s palsy results in a lifelong disability.
Consult with our Connecticut lawyers about recovering for your baby’s Erb’s palsy birth injury
For more information about Erb’s palsy and other brachial plexus birth injuries, call The Pickel Law Firm, LLC at 888.246.5128 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. We represent you on contingency, so you pay no attorneys’ fees until we recover compensation in your case. Our lawyers represent families throughout Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. Hablamos español.