Erb’s Palsy is linked to birth trauma and affects the brachial plexus, the crucial bundle of nerves running through the shoulder area. Damage to this bundle can produce symptoms varying from mild to total paralysis; Erb’s Palsy symptoms can sometimes resolve, or lead to life-long disability.
If it is suspected that a very young child has sustained damage to the brachial plexus before, during or shortly after birth, then early diagnosis and treatment can make a crucial difference to recovery.
As with other types of birth injury, careful analysis of the mother’s clinical birthing notes is essential to identify whether the clinical care given has at any time fell below an acceptable standard. A medical negligence solicitor will be able to deal with this and advise on a possible Erb’s Palsy claim.