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Most cases of Erb's palsy occur as a result of negligence in the delivery room and can call for substanital compensation.

Erb's palsy is a condition that develops as the result of a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a system of nerves that that controls the movement of the shoulders and arms. A majority of brachial plexus injuries occur during birth in cases involving shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia is a specific type of complication where the child's shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother's pubic bones.

There are common and highly reliable techniques to safely dislodge the child's shoulder. However, in some cases, doctors will attempt to deliver the child more by force than finesse -- frequently resulting in serious brachial plexus injuries that have a lifelong impact on the child. In situations like these, children are frequently entitled to receive compensation for their medical care, suffering and other considerations.

So, exactly how does Erb's palsy affect a child?

Erb's palsy impacts the use of the shoulder and arm that would normally be controlled by the injured brachial plexus. Some injuries are more severe than others, and the impacts can vary greatly. In the most serious cases, the nerve damage is so severe that the brain cannot send messages to the arm, and the child has no use of it. In lesser cases, some use of the shoulder and arm can be regained with specialized therapy.

Regardless of the severity of the injury, it is important that you seek the advice of a qualified attorney to determine whether your child might have a claim for damages. Most firms offer a free initial consultation and case analysis. There are often strict time limits on the amount of time you have to file a medical malpractice claim. Do not wait to seek the advice of an attorney if you feel that your child is suffering due to a medical professional's negligence.

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