There are probably few things more tragic than an otherwise healthy baby being subjected to birth injuries that have long-term consequences. Aside from the fact of the immediate pain and suffering of the child, the emotional (not to mention financial) impact on the parents are often considerable.
Birth injuries more often than most people believe even in these days of modern medicine. On average, it is believed that as many as three birth injuries occur each hour in the US alone. This is not so strange if one thinks about it. After all, childbirth remains one of the most traumatic experiences of humans, and it does not take much for something untoward to happen. It could be due to poor prenatal care, prolonged labor, breech birth, cephalopelvic disproportion, or medical negligence. One birth injury which occurs in as many as 2 out of every 1,000 live births is Erb’s Palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Nerve Palsy.
Erb’s palsy is not automatically a serious birth injury. When the birth is difficult because the baby is too large or in a breech delivery, injury may occur when there is pressure on the brachial plexus, a network of nerves located in the neck area, from excessive pulling during birth.
Erb’s palsy is essentially a type of paralysis; movement is restricted because the brachial plexus is damaged. The brachial plexus mainly controls voluntary movements in the arm and hands. However, in most cases Erb’s palsy is a temporary condition, and the baby may regain movement in the affected limb within three months.
In cases where the damage to the brachial plexus is severe, such as when some portion is avulsed or completely torn, then partial or total disability of that limb for voluntary movement becomes permanent. Because the injury occurs at birth, the development of the affected limb is arrested, so the affliction is apparent.
Birth injuries are certainly unfortunate incidents, but when it is due to medical negligence, it becomes nearly criminal. It is the right of the parents to seek compensation for their child from the responsible parties, not only for the physical pain and suffering and medical expenses, but also for the emotional and psychological impact. Consult with a birth injury lawyer in your area get started on getting justice for your child.