The brachial plexus is a network of nerves around the shoulder that provides movement and feeling to the entire arm, hand and fingers. When this is damaged during birth, it causes weakness and loss of movement, or brachial plexus injury. Erb's palsy is a form of brachial plexus injury that affects the upper and lower parts of the arm. Both brachial plexus injury and Erb's palsy can often result from a difficult childbirth. And, in certain cases, these injuries could have been avoided or made less severe.
At Belsky Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, in Baltimore, Maryland, our legal practice has a dedicated focus on medical malpractice issues, including birth injury cases. We know how to delve deeply into these legal matters to ascertain if errors during the delivery of your child caused or worsened injuries to his or her brachial plexus. If evidence exists, we work diligently as a team to build a strong malpractice claim on your behalf.
Causes During Childbirth
Erb's palsy and other brachial plexus injuries may be caused by a number of factors:
- Pulling or stretching an infant's head to one side as his or her shoulders exit the birth canal
- Pulling on an infant's shoulders during a head-first delivery
- Pressure on an infant's raised arms during a breach, or feet-first delivery
- Difficulty delivering an infant's shoulders after the head has come out, called shoulder dystocia
How We Can Help
Our attorneys will prepare your case with a keen attention to detail, calling upon medical and other experts to strengthen and support your claim, as needed. We have an excellent track record of successfully representing clients for birth injury claims and have a good reputation among our colleagues and area judges. We will keep you updated and informed as your case progresses, and are always prepared to advocate for your rights at trial.
For a free initial consultation to discuss your situation and how we may be able to help you obtain justice and financial recovery, call our office at 800-266-4732. Or send an online message using the form on this website and one of our lawyers will get back to you promptly.