Erb’s Palsy compensation claims arise from cases where there have been problems during the birth of a baby.
Another name for Erb’s Palsy is Brachial Plexus Paralysis and the condition can be triggered when babies become stuck in the birth canal during delivery. The nerves in the shoulders can stretch if too much force is applied when trying to pull the baby out.
All five of the nerves which run down from the neck to the shoulder can be affected in Erb’s Palsy cases while in other instances it may only be one or two nerves that are damaged. The more nerves affected, the greater the extent of the disability.
The resultant effects of Erb’s Palsy are all different and depend on the unique conditions of the case. Commonly, there will be an inability to bend the elbow of the affected side; there could be partial or complete paralysis of the arm or hand and the forearm could be turned inwards with a bent wrist. The condition can be permanent but in some cases, if treated early on, it can be corrected if the initial damage is not severe.
Each Erb’s Palsy case varies in terms of physical effects. Below are some of the common ways in which the condition impacts a person:
An associated condition of Erb’s Palsy can be Homer’s Syndrome which causes drooping of the eye on the same side as an affected arm. Torticollis may also be present; this is where the head is facing away from the side of the body that has been affected and does not have the ability to look forward. It is also possible for scar tissue to form in Erb’s Palsy cases.
Patients usually require physiotherapy which has mixed results. Massage treatments and electronic stimulation can also work. Nerve transplant operations are possible for under babies aged under 9 months because at this age it is easier for them to recover. For older babies, the procedure can do more harm than good.
There are many ways in which your child’s Erb’s Palsy condition has been caused. Some examples of common medical errors causing Erb’s Palsy are detailed below:
Making Erb’s Palsy compensation claims can often be a straight forward process, however, medical negligence cases can often take longer than other personal injury claims. Third party blame will need to be demonstrated and there are strict time limits which apply to most cases.
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