Erb’s palsy – known to medical professionals as ‘brachial plexus palsy’ – is a childbirth injury condition when a network of nerves near the neck are damaged and give rise to problems with the function of the arm ; the brachial plexus (BRAY-key-el PLEK-sis).
The name Erb’s palsy is named after one of the doctors who first described this condition, Wilhelm Erb.
As a result of the damage, nerves that control the function of the arm are affected including the functions of the hand and the fingers in certain circumstances.
Simply put, Palsy translates as weakness, and brachial plexus birth palsy causes arm weakness and loss of motion.
Making a claim for Erb’s palsy caused by negligence
If you believe your child is a victim of negligence caused during the delivery process, our team of expert Erb’s palsy solicitors can find out for sure.
In most cases, pursuing a claim comes down to whether the standard of care is seen as negligent and if we can pinpoint any long-term problems because of that substandard care.
It is our expert understanding that most infants who live with Erb’s palsy, or brachial plexus birth palsy, can recover significant movement and feeling in the arm affected but some do not and have lifelong injuries.
Robust and perhaps daily physical exercise may be required, and often, parents or guardians of the child are required to play an essential role in allowing the muscle functioning to recover to their fullest potential.
If you are unsure if you are entitled to claim, our specialist team will be able to advise you further.
In addition to this, it costs nothing to find out if you have a case, and all claims will be dealt with empathetically by specialist medical negligence solicitors, on a strictly no-win, no-fee basis.
What can Erb’s palsy compensation help with?
As expert medical negligence professionals, we have seen first-hand how Erb’s palsy compensation can make a big difference.
The reality is that in some cases, your child may need specialist support and care throughout their development, sometimes even into their adult lives. It isn’t unheard of for a child to make a full recovery, but not always and there will be lots of costs to account for on the way such as:
- Appointments with private doctors
- Occupational therapy
- Possible need for adaptations to your home and vehicle
- Private tutoring for your child
- Travel expenses
- Loss of wages for parents or for the victim who may be at a disadvantage due to their injury as they enter the labour market