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Medical Negligence

Erb’s Palsy

The birth of your child should be a wonderful and joyous event. But sometimes childbirth is not straight forward and there can be complications. In general, medical staff are equipped to deal with these complications but occasionally there are mistakes.

We know that it can be devastating to discover that your child has been injured because of an avoidable error. We are here to help you.

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s Palsy (also known as Brachial Plexus Palsy), is an injury commonly caused to a baby during birth, where the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck after the head has been delivered (shoulder dystocia) and the brachial plexus nerves in the trapped shoulder are stretched and injured. This can affect some or all the nerves which supply movement to the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand.

The seriousness of the injury varies person-to-person, depending on how many of the nerves have been damaged, and how badly. Some children recover in time – whilst others require specialist treatment including surgery and may be left with a permanent disability.

Some examples of disabilities that you are or your child may be facing, caused by Erb’s Palsy are:

  • an elbow that doesn’t bend or fully straighten
  • a forearm turned inwards, and wrist bent – “waiters tip”
  • total paralysis of the arm and hand

Coping with Erb’s Palsy

We understand that Erb’s Palsy doesn’t just cause a physical impact – it can be very difficult to cope emotionally after what is likely to have been a traumatic birth, as well as coming to terms with looking after a child that needs extra care and is facing a lifelong disability.

We are here to support you.

Let us help you

If you or your child has Erb’s Palsy then we can help you to bring a claim for damages. We’re the leading team of medical negligence solicitors in the country in Erb's Palsy claims, having conducted around 300 claims in the last 25 years and achieving the highest ever award of damages (£1,350,000) for a Claimant with Erb’s Palsy. Because of our experience, we understand the current legal, medical and practical issues of Erb’s Palsy claims and have access to the leading experts and Barristers.

We are also recommended by the Erb’s Palsy Group.  

The Erb’s Palsy Group

The Erb’s Palsy Group is a national charity which offers advice, information and support to families affected by the condition – click here to find out how the charity can help you.

We’ve worked closely with the Erb’s Palsy Group for 25 years, supporting them to increase awareness and promote better understanding of this condition. The group strives to reduce incidence rates through education and training of the medical profession but also to promote better treatment, by early referral to specialist centres. Watch this animation made by Prompt (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training) which we were delighted to support with the Erb’s Palsy Group. We were also challened by the Erb's Palsy Group in the recent #2point6challenge, where Partner and Solicitor Endurance Arthur took up the challenge with the ongoing thought of how it could help the Erb's Palsy community.

Because of our close connection with the Erb’s Palsy Group we understand your needs and concerns and can support you through the compensation process aiming to make it as pain free as possible.

If you or your child has Erb’s Palsy and would like to discuss making a claim please contact us for some initial advice free of charge.

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