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Erb’s palsy compensation claims

Erb’s palsy occurs during childbirth when the baby’s head has been delivered but the shoulders are too large and become lodged behind the mother’s pelvis.

This is known as shoulder dystocia and can cause injury to the baby’s neck as well as damage to the Brachial Plexus nerves at the base of the spine.

Symptoms of erb’s pPalsy will vary, but could include a paralysed or partially-paralysed arm, limpness, a lack of muscle tone or a lack of sensation.

Identifying erb’s palsy + shoulder dystocia

Potential difficulties with the delivery should be identified during the labour stages and appropriate steps taken to avoid causing serious injury, or even death, to the baby.

However, this isn’t always the case, and a failure to identify shoulder dystocia can result in medical negligence on the part of the midwife or healthcare provider.

Erb’s palsy is largely unpredictable and unpreventable; however, there are several known risk factors. These include delivery of a large baby, babies born to diabetic mothers and those who’ve previously had a child with shoulder dystocia.

Making a claim for erb’s palsy

If you’re considering a compensation claim for erb’s palsy, it’s important that you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor. We’ll need to demonstrate that your baby’s injury was caused by:

  • Lack of staff training
  • Incorrect manoeuvres used
  • Not enough staff in attendance
  • Excessive or inappropriate delivery

Whilst some babies recover from the symptoms of erb’s palsy, some will require professional help. Either way, investigating an erb’s palsy claim is a complex process that requires a specialist medical negligence lawyer.

Further information

If you’re concerned that an event during your baby’s delivery may have contributed to their erb’s palsy injuries, contact our specialist medical negligence solicitors for advice.

You can discuss a potential erb’s palsy claim by calling us on 0117 325 2929 or completing our online enquiry form.

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