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Recognizing and Treating Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

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Brachial plexus injury, also known as Erb’s Palsy is a common birth injury. While brachial plexus injuries may be common, they are not acceptable.  Brachial plexus birth injuries occur when the doctor applies  too much force during childbirth, resulting in nerve damage to the baby.

First-time parents may not be able to immediately recognize that their child has brachial plexus. Parents should consult with a doctor if their baby exhibits the following symptoms of Erb’s Palsy:

  • Lack of movement in the arm or hand
  • Weak grip or reflexes in the affected arm
  • Arm bent at elbow and held close to the body

These symptoms may disappear within a few weeks, but some children may require ongoing medical care.  Erb’s palsy treatment can include multiple surgeries and therapy sessions. Treatment costs can be a huge burden for a newly-expanded family. Parents should not have to worry about how to care for their child because of a doctor’s mistake. Parents may be able to seek compensation by filing a birth injury lawsuit.

Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers with a background in birth injury cases can help parents get the required compensation so their child can get the necessary care.