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Erb’s palsy is a birth injury. During delivery, once the baby’s head has emerged, the infant’s shoulder may become positioned in the opposite direction. This stretches the nerve fibers.
Pulling excessively on the shoulders as the baby continues to come out can also lead to nerve injury. During a breech birth, when a baby is born feet first, the arms are usually raised. Nerves can get damaged from excess pressure.
The brachial plexus is a collection of nerves near the neck that extend to the nerves of the arm. In Erb’s palsy, both the lower and upper parts of the arm are affected.
If a physician acts negligently, your baby’s shoulder nerves may be damaged. If you believe this was the case with your infant, you may be entitled to damages.
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