Erb’s palsy is often caused when excessive force is placed on your baby’s shoulder during birth causing temporary or permanent nerve damage leading to paralysis, or weakness, of the arm.
Sometimes called brachial plexus paralysis or Erb–Duchenne palsy, bringing up a child with Erb's palsy can be both emotionally and financially draining.
There are four types of nerve injuries that occur in Erb’s Palsy:
- Neuropraxia – known as burners or stingers. This is the most common type of nerve damage. This happens when the nerve is stretched or shocked but not torn. These injuries heal on their own within three months.
- Neuroma – this again is a stretch injury but where there is damage to the fibres. When is heals scar tissue is formed and it presses on the healthy nerve creating discomfort. It has a long recovery that is not always complete.
- Rupture – this is when the nerve is torn. These require surgery to repair the nerve. This type of injury does not heal on its own.
- Avulsions – the most severe nerve injury. This is when the nerve is torn from the spinal cord. Although it can be repairs it can never be reattached to the spinal cord.
We can help you if the midwife, doctor or nurse didn’t do the following:
- Advise you about the potential risks of birth injuries
- Refer you for a caesarean when they spotted it may be a traumatic birth
- Spot the signs of a higher risk of Erb's Palsy
- Use the correct tools during birth
- Use the correct amount of force on your baby during birth
- Try and get your baby out of the trapped position
How can we help?
Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.
Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.
Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.
Can I sue the NHS?
The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.
We do not treat your claim lightly. The treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.
However, when someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.
Find out more about clinical negligence in our Advice Centre:
If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors