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Difference between Klumpke paralysis and Erb’s palsy

Posted on January 4, 2015 1:44 pm under Medical Malpractice

Erb’s palsy and Klumpke paralysis are birth injuries that are both caused by a damaged brachial plexus. Brachial plexus is a set of nerves that runs across the neck and the shoulder and is responsible for providing nerve signals in the upper limb. These birth injuries are oftentimes the result of negligent medical care, when staff improperly pulls the infant’s neck away from his or her shoulder during delivery, which causes the brachial plexus to become damaged.

Klumpke paralysis occurs when the lower brachial plexus has been damaged. Unlike Erb’s palsy wherein the upper arm, the lower arm, and the elbow are affected, Klumpke paralysis is manifested with a weakness or lack of ability to control the wrists and the small muscles of the hand. Klumpke paralysis is characterized by tightened fingers in the affected hand, with a forearm that tends to lie flat.

Dealing with the repercussions brought about by a birth injury can be taxing for you, your child, and your entire family. If you are considering pursuing justice and financial compensation from the parties responsible, a lawyer at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you. Call our Madison office at (414) 271-0900 to determine your eligibility in filing a birth injury lawsuit today.