Erb-Duchenne palsy is typically referred to among medical professionals as Erb’s palsy. The condition is an injury to parts of the brachial plexus nerves that affect control and feeling in the muscles and tissues in the upper trunk. The condition often affects babies who suffered damage caused by shoulder dystocia while passing through the birth canal. If the nerves have been completely severed or damaged significantly, Erb’s palsy may be a permanent medical condition. In many cases, the damage can be resolved by months of rehabilitative therapy or surgery.
Licensed obstetricians and midwives attending natural births are trained to recognize the symptoms of a difficult delivery and take immediate obstetrical measures to relieve the stress placed on the baby’s neck and shoulders. If the attending medical professionals do not properly monitor the baby’s vital signs and fail to act according to accepted medical procedures, injuries may be attributed to medical malpractice.
Erb’s palsy in newborns may be the result of several factors during birth, including doctor errors such as:
If your baby has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy or any other birth injury in New Jersey, talk to an experienced New Jersey birth injury lawyer at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP, with offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River. Our attorneys are passionate about helping families recover full and fair compensation for the care and well-being of their babies. Our firm has a record of recovering millions of dollars in damages on behalf of families whose babies have suffered permanent injuries or death because of negligence on the part of attending physicians or hospital staff members.
Our NJ birth injury lawyers have achieved some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the country in brachial plexus cases. Due to our experience and expertise in these types of cases we are familiar with the medically complex, but frequently frivolous, defenses used by defendant physicians, their insurance companies and their attorneys in defending these cases. We work with many of the most recognized experts in the areas of birth injuries and life-care financial needs. We prepare our cases thoroughly and do not settle for less compensation than the law makes available.
Click here to read “Deconstructing The Brachial Plexus Injury Case” by Daryl Zaslow. This article was published in Trial Magazine’s Medical Malpractice Issue (PDF).
From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our NJ Erbs palsy lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP advise and represent clients in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation matters throughout New Jersey. From wherever you are, call our office at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey Erbs palsy lawyer at an office nearest to you.