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August 7, 2013
Each year, a large number of children are left seriously injured or permanently disabled as a result of birth injuries caused by a doctor’s negligence. One of the most serious types of injury a newborn can suffer is a condition known as Erb’s Palsy, or Brachial Plexus Palsy.
The condition is caused when of a bundle of nerves, stretching from the child’s neck to arm, is torn. The injury is typically seen during difficult deliveries and can affect roughly 1 in 1,000 children.
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Erb’s Palsy manifests as a child’s arm being slightly turned into the body, making mobility and feeling in the limb limited.
There are four different levels of Erb’s Palsy, each identified by the seriousness of the nerve damage the patient sustained. Neurapraxia is a stretching of the nerves which heals itself within three months. Neuroma occurs when the nerves are stretched to the point scar tissue builds around the injury, causing mobility issues. Rupture and aversion injuries involve the tearing of the nerve bundle and require surgery to repair.
The Ohio Personal Injury Lawyers with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy are aware of how costly birth injuries like Erb’s Palsy can be. The firm is here to help anyone whose child has been hurt during birth.
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