When a doctor makes a mistake, it can result in a serious health problem or even death.

What causes Erb’s palsy?

| Aug 10, 2018 | Birth Injuries |

Expecting parents in Washington are usually given a rundown of things to expect before going into labor. Generally speaking, most births that occur in modern Washington state hospitals will be relatively safe for both you and your child. However, there are instances in which a moment of neglect or an unexpected surprise could turn the situation upside down.

The National Institutes of Health asks a poignant question: who is to blame in a case involving Erb’s palsy? This condition is brought about by physical injury during the birthing process, usually when the shoulder becomes stuck on the baby’s way out. This stress on the shoulder damages the nerves there, leading to potential paralysis that can be mild, moderate, or severe. This is called shoulder dystocia and is the most common cause of Erb’s palsy.

Excessive pulling at the baby’s shoulders in an attempt to draw it out more quickly can also cause this damage. This usually occurs if the baby is delivered face-down, as opposed to face-up. Finally, a breech birth where the baby’s feet come first instead of its head can result in similar injury. This is because the baby’s arms often end up being pulled above its head when it leaves the birth canal.

If your child is suffering with Erb’s palsy, then there may be financial options available to you. You may want to consider consulting with an attorney who will be able to coach you through the situation and get you the outcome you’re looking for.