Not all births go smoothly. Sometime the baby is breeched and sometimes it gets stuck and needs to be extricated with forceps or a vacuum. Difficult births can result in partial paralysis to the baby’s arm. Erb’s palsy lawyers in Merrillville can help you maximize your recovery.
What is Erb’s palsy?
Erb’s Palsy is caused by an injury to the brachial plexus — the nerves surrounding the shoulder. It is characterized by weakness or paralysis of the arm. A baby with this condition can have trouble lifting or rotating its arm. If the nerve damage is severe, it can affect the circulatory system, which in turn can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature — a problem especially serious in the winter. It can also impact the healing properties of the skin.
What causes Erb’s palsy?
Erb’s palsy can be caused by excessive pulling on the shoulders during a head-first delivery, or by pressure on the raised arms during a breech, or feet-first delivery. Large babies are at greater risk of Erb’s Palsy due to shoulder dystocia, when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck under the mother’s pelvic bone. Erb’s palsy can also affect babies with clavicle fractures.
What treatments are available?
Since Erb’s palsy in newborns results from stretching of the nerves, it generally heals by itself, but physical therapy is recommended. More severe cases may require surgery or even tendon transplants.
Childbirth is supposed to be an exciting time for parents, but dealing with an injury to your newborn can be emotionally and financially draining. If you think your baby has been harmed during delivery, Erb’s palsy injury lawyers in Indiana can help you determine if you have a case.
Located across the street from the Methodist Hospital in Merrillville, Indiana, the injury law firm of Theodoros & Rooth stands by your side through every step of your case. Your initial legal consultation is free and we handle personal injury cases on contingency-fee basis — meaning you do not pay attorney fees unless compensation is recovered for your losses through a verdict or settlement. We are located just 30 miles outside Chicago. Call us at 219.769.6393 or contact us online to see if you have a case.