Erb’s palsy is a common birth injury estimated to affect one to two of every 1,000 newborns. It happens when the brachial plexus, or the network of nerves that deliver signals from the brain to the upper limbs, has been damaged for different reasons, including the improper application of delivery techniques, mishandling of medical instruments during delivery, and failure to promptly identify that a C-section is needed.
Pediatricians may be able to learn of the presence of Erb’s palsy through a careful evaluation of the baby’s symptoms. Imaging tests, such as X-rays and ultrasounds, may also be helpful in detecting injuries to the joints, neck, bones, and shoulders. A nerve conduction study (NCS) or an electromyogram (EMG) may also be recommended to determine whether the affected limb or limbs receive electric signals from the brain.
A medical professional’s failure to provide proper care for you and your baby during delivery can result in devastating medical complications that may affect the physical, emotional, and financial well-being of your family. To seek legal help in Milwaukee, speak with a birth injury attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.