Erb’s palsy is a type of brachial plexus injury that affects the upper and lower arms. The brachial plexus is a set of nerves running from the spine to the shoulders, which is responsible for delivering nerve signals from the brain to the entire upper limb. When the brachial plexus is strained, damaged, or compressed during birth, Erb’s palsy occurs.
The main complication of Erb’s palsy is weakness in the upper and lower arm. Because the nerves that deliver signals to the upper limb have been damaged, muscle reflexes might be absent and sensory perceptions might be weak. In turn, a child’s inability to react to stimuli increases his risk of injuring himself. Children with severe cases of Erb’s palsy also have an affected arm that develops more slowly than the other, resulting in the uneven growth of both arms.
Severe and chronic Erb’s palsy might affect your child’s quality of life. If you believe your medical staff failed to provide your newborn with the care he needed, speak with a Wisconsin-based birth injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn about the possibility of taking legal action. Call us at (414) 271-0900 today.