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Symptoms of Erb’s palsy

Posted on November 27, 2014 9:14 am under Medical Malpractice

Brachial plexus injuries happen when an injury has been inflicted on the brachial plexus, or the set of nerves that enable the upper limb to feel sensations and move. When the injury occurred during the birth process, this condition is called Erb’s palsy.

One or two out of every 1,000 newborns may be affected with Erb’s palsy. Signs and symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Weakness or paralysis of the upper and lower arm
  • Numbness or sensory impairment of the upper limb
  • Pain, tingling sensation in the affected area

Children whose paralysis or weakness only involves the upper arms suffer from a brachial plexus injury. If the hands are affected, the disease is called Klumpke paralysis.

Unfortunately, birth injuries like this one may be caused by a medical practitioner’s error in handling instruments or performing delivery techniques. If you believe your child’s Erb’s palsy has been the result of your doctor’s incompetence, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® can help you assess if your situation qualifies you to take legal action. Call our office in Appleton at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your situation today.