Erb’s Palsy

Nationwide Client Service in Neurological Birth Injury Litigation

Erb’s palsy is a medical phrase that covers different degrees of nerve damage associated with brachial plexus injuries in childbirth. When a baby’s shoulder is stuck in the birth canal, the obstetrician must be very careful to not twist and pull on the baby’s head which can cause injury to the brachial plexus bundle of nerves that extends from the spinal column to the shoulder and arm.

Erb’s palsy can refer to stretching, rupture or avulsion of the nerves to the brachial plexus caused by improper techniques or excessive force by the obstetrician or midwife. Although surgery can help some children regain some arm and hand function the children are still left with severe and permanent limitations in arm and hand function due to brachial plexus trauma.

If you need advice about your legal options in the aftermath of a neurological birth injury to your child, contact the law firm of Kenneth M. Levine & Associates. We offer free consultations for people in Massachusetts and other states who want to find out whether the sequence of events that resulted in a brachial plexus injury was an unavoidable accident, or whether the doctors and nurses should have anticipated the risk and done more to avoid the harm.

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A big part of our work in an Erb’s palsy claim involves working with medical experts to determine precisely how the injury occurred. Did the obstetrician use excessive traction/pulling during delivery? Should the obstetrician have ordered a C-section based on the large size of the fetus or the small size of the birth canal? Was the mother screened for gestational diabetes, which can be a complication of shoulder dystocia lead. At the first signs of shoulder dystocia, did the doctor or midwife take care to avoid excessive or misjudged traction?

Our ability to develop a case for medical malpractice liability based on Erb’s palsy or other brachial plexus injury depends not only on our understanding of the medicine and our work with prominent consulting experts. It depends as well upon close working relationships with the clients we serve. What you remember about your prenatal care, your experience during delivery and your doctor’s response to complications can be critically important to the result in your negligence lawsuit.

Our lawyers and staff make it easy for clients to confide in us about all of the problems they might have encountered during pregnancy, delivery and the postnatal period. To learn what personalized client service in an experienced medical malpractice law firm can mean for you, contact the Boston Erb’s palsy attorneys at Kenneth M. Levine & Associates in Brookline.