New York Erb’s Palsy: An Overview

One or two of every thousand babies born has Erb's Palsy. Erb's Palsy is a type of brachial plexus birth palsy, which means that the condition occurs because of an injury to the brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a system of nerves near the neck that control movement in the arm. Babies with Erb's Palsy may have general weakness, loss of feeling or loss of motion in the affected arm.

Causes of Erb's Palsy

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Erb's Palsy is often caused when "an infant's neck is stretched to the side during a difficult delivery." A difficult delivery may result in Erb's Palsy when the baby is large, the baby is breech, the mother has a prolonged labor, or the doctor must use force or special equipment to deliver the baby quickly.

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Erb's Palsy

Since infants cannot communicate what is wrong, it is important for parents to recognize the symptoms of Erb's Palsy, which include weakness in one arm, loss of feeling in one arm and total or partial paralysis of one arm.

An Erb's Palsy diagnosis is usually made by a pediatrician after a physical exam. The doctor may confirm the diagnosis with an electromyogram or a nerve conduction study. An x-ray may also be ordered to rule out a broken bone or fracture.

Treatment for Erb's Palsy

If your child was born in New York or New Jersey and has suffered from Erb's Palsy, then it is important to contact a New York Erb's Palsy lawyer for more information about your rights. The experienced New York birth injury attorneys of The Pagan Law Firm would be pleased to provide you with a consultation and explain your rights. Call us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 or contact us via our online contact form for more information.

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