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When a medical professional acts negligently, a newborn baby can sustain any number of preventable injuries, including brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is caused by physical injuries that are sustained by the baby during delivery and can range in severity depending on the injury. If your baby developed Erb’s palsy as a result of a negligent medical professional’s actions, you need to seek skilled legal representation as soon as possible to secure the compensation you deserve, which will help your child cope with the effects of his or her injuries now and in the future.

At Tom Rhodes Law Firm, our New Mexico birth injury attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and skill that is necessary to successfully obtain compensation for you and your family.

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What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy is generally the result of a lesion at Erb’s point, which is the area near a baby’s neck where the fifth and sixth cranial nerves merge together and create the upper point of the brachial plexus. This injury occurs when these nerves sustain damage. Since the nerves in the brachial plexus allow a baby’s hand, arm, and fingers to move and feel, this condition can result in numbness, loss of motor function in the affected area, partial or full paralysis, impaired muscular and nervous development, and a decreased ability to grip objects. This injury can also potentially affect the whole trunk, impairing the spinal cord’s ability to send messages to the arm, wrist, or hand.

There are generally three ways in which a baby can sustain an injury that causes Erb’s palsy:

  • The baby is passing through the birth canal with his or her head tilted in one direction while his or her arm is being pulled in the opposite direction.
  • The baby’s shoulders are being excessively pulled on as he or she is being delivered, head first.
  • The baby is being delivered through the birth canal in a breech birth, stressing the brachial plexus nerves.

The Risk Factors for Erb’s Palsy

In addition to excessive stretching and lateral traction during delivery, there are other factors that can greatly increase the chances of an infant developing Erb’s palsy, which include:

  • The use of delivery assistance tools, such as forceps or a vacuum extraction tool
  • A large infant
  • A small birth canal
  • Excessive maternal weight gain
  • The second stage of labor lasts for over an hour
  • The infant is in the breech position
  • The infant has a high birth weight

New Mexico Birth Injury Attorneys Dedicated to Helping You Recover Compensation

If your baby developed Erb’s palsy as a result of a medical professional’s negligent actions, you need to take legal action now to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. The New Mexico birth injury attorneys at Tom Rhodes Law Firm have the experience and knowledge that is necessary to take on your case and will fight diligently on your behalf whether we settle your claim outside of court or pursue litigation.

Get started today and call our office at (505) 544-4088 to schedule your free initial case review!

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