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What a parent should know about Erb's palsy

New City area residents who are expecting a baby feel overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation. Expecting parents spend months preparing for the new arrival and dreaming about their future. Most of the time these parents' dreams come true and their newborn is perfect. But occasionally a birth injury occurs that can turn a parents' world upside down.

Erb's palsy is one such birth injury that can occur. It is alarming when a baby is born with Erb's palsy. Many times the infants arms hang limply from their shoulder and they don't look right. These injuries can occur during delivery when the baby's neck is stretched to one side during delivery. It is recognizable at birth but the extent of the injury may not be known for many months. It is caused by pulling on the shoulders during a head first delivery or by pressure on an infant's arms during a breech birth. Using extraction tools during delivery can also cause this condition. Erb's palsy can be treated by physical therapy, occupational therapy and surgery to repair nerve damage. It can take months to years of medical treatment to recover from the injury.

Although parents expect their child will be born without incident this is not always the case. If a parent suspects medical negligence caused their child's birth injury, they may want to speak with a legal professional who is skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and consult with medical experts to help determine what happened to their baby. If negligence is suspected, a medical professional can be held responsible. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No parent anticipates a birth injury will occur to their newborn. If the unthinkable occurs, an attorney can help a family get the answers they deserve.

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