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Infant's brachial plexus injuries lead to Erb's palsy

Most New York residents may not be familiar with brachial plexus injury, but this common birth injury may lead not only to injuries to a newborn baby, but also to another disease.

Brachial plexus injuries occur when the nerve group in a baby's arms and shoulders -- the brachial plexus -- is injured during delivery. This is exactly what happened to one baby when she became wedged beneath her mother's pelvic bone during the birthing process. On top of that, her umbilical cord had become wrapped around her neck. The doctors managed to save the baby's life but at a cost. Her brachial plexus injury led to the development of Erb's palsy.

Erb's palsy is the paralysis or limited hand and arm movement that follows a birth injury. Out of every 1,000 deliveries, two result in Erb's palsy. Unfortunately, this baby was one of them. She had to undergo weekly therapy sessions to try to minimize the damage beginning when she was just six weeks old, and even underwent nerve graft surgery. Now, more than a year later, even though she has had significant progress through therapy, she still has limited hand movements.

Although the infant has made significant progress over the last year, it is unfortunate that she had to sustain an injury that was largely preventable in the first place. Expectant parents should understand that medical practitioners can make the necessary adjustments to avoid and even adjust to these kinds of birth injuries. A simple poor decision can be costly to an infant's health.

Negligent medical practitioners who cause birth injuries to infants can be held liable through medical malpractice lawsuits. A claim may also result in a compensation award to help a child meet both short- and long-term medical needs, as well as other financial issues resulting from the malpractice.

Source: Fox 23, "Owasso mother raising awareness after child's birth injury," Michelle Linn, Sept. 23, 2013

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