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What is Erb's palsy?

Although the birth of a child is usually a celebrated event in the lives of Hawaiian parents, some individuals do not have the luxury of easing into parenthood with healthy and thriving babies. An unfortunate number of children are born each year suffering from serious complications that result when the doctors and medical providers who are present at their births fail to exercise care and, instead, engage in negligent practices. One relatively common ailment that a baby may suffer from labor and delivery negligence is Erb's palsy.

Erb's palsy results from an injury to a child's brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is bundle of nerves that runs through a baby's shoulder, arm and hand. When babies suffer a pressure or tearing injury to this bundle of nerves they may endure movement issues in the affected appendage.

Damage to the brachial plexus can happen from a variety of causes, including a doctor's use of forceps or vacuum suction during the delivery process. While some cases of Erb's palsy may be known complications during stressful or complex labors, others may occur due to the negligence of the medical practitioners working on a particular birth case.

Erb's palsy can result in lifelong problems for a child who may suffer mobility issues in their arm and hand. The challenges of treating and living with a preventable case of Erb's palsy should not burden a victim who suffered an injury at birth. In some cases, victims of Erb's palsy and other preventable birth injuries may have rights to compensation through medical malpractice lawsuits.

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