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New York City Erb’s Palsy Lawyer

Erb’s Palsy is a condition that can have long-term consequences for a child. In some cases, the condition is the direct result of a medical professional failing to employ the accepted standard of care during birth. If the arm of the baby is stuck and too much force is used by your doctor, it can damage the nerve endings around the arm. This can result in permanent nerve damage.

If a case of Erb’s Palsy was preventable but your doctor made a critical error, contact Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP today to discuss your case. We are equipped to help you pursue a legal action for medical malpractice to pursue justice for your child.

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy is a type of birth injury that occurs when the nerves in a child’s shoulder are pulled or dislocated. This group of nerves is called the brachial plexus. When there is extreme stress on these nerves, the arm can be partially or completely paralyzed. Erb’s palsy requires extensive treatment and care. When an injury occurs, and your child is left with an unexpected medical condition, the stress and fear about the future can be difficult and overwhelming.

Erb’s Palsy and Medical Errors

Erb’s Palsy commonly occurs during childbirth for three major reasons:

  • The baby is breech upon delivery
  • The doctor uses improper technique or too much force
  • The angle of birth is unusual

In all of these cases, the doctor needs to manually adjust the baby’s position. If your doctor did not use the accepted standard of care in a difficult birth, using too much force, the baby can be permanently injured. Initially, it may not be obvious that the brachial plexus has been damaged, but as the weeks pass the symptoms become evident, which include:

  • Full or partial paralysis on one arm
  • Loss of motor function
  • Inability to grip
  • One arm is limp or bends inward towards the body
  • The child is unable to use the arm for crawling, gripping, or other action
  • Arm fails to develop normally

Was Your Child’s Injury Preventable?

Many cases of Erb’s Palsy are preventable. If a mother has an unusual pelvic shape or the baby is born late, your obstetrician is aware of the types of difficulties that could be encountered in giving birth. If your doctor missed warning signs or your baby was treated with too much force during birth, you may have a valid medical malpractice case. Take note that you have limited time in which to file a lawsuit under the New York statute of limitations.

Legal Help for Erb’s Palsy Claims

With our trusted and experienced trial lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP, you can be confident that an Erb’s palsy case will be taken seriously. We believe in fighting for justice for injured children and a fair recovery can help cover the significant costs of medical care and physical therapy.

Schedule a consultation today – the first meeting is free, and we operate on a contingency fee basis with no fees unless we successfully accept a settlement for your case.