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Erb's Palsy Claims
Erb’s Palsy is the name given to an injury to the brachial plexus which results in the baby being left with a paralysed arm/shoulder. For many years the mere presence of Erb’s palsy was thought by some to be evidence of negligent care. In more recent times however hospital trusts have argued that these injuries have instead been caused by ‘the natural forces of labour’.
Depending on the severity of the injury the baby may be left requiring a series of operations, additional care from their parents and with significant limitations on the types of jobs that they can do and the range of sports/leisure activities that they can join in.
We are expert birth injury lawyers. We know the relevant questions to ask for example:
- is there witness evidence of excessive pulling by the midwife or obstetrician?
- how severe is the injury? The more serious the injury the greater the likelihood that there was excessive pulling
- which shoulder was injured – the one facing towards the front of the mother or the one facing towards her back?
- was 'shoulder dystocia' actually recorded in the medical notes and what steps were taken once it had been diagnosed?
To speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor who can help you with your Erb’s palsy claim or any other type of medical negligence claim contact us today by calling, emailing or filling in our free initial advice form.