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What causes Erb’s Palsy?


Erb’s Palsy is commonly caused during birth where the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck after the head has been delivered (shoulder dystocia). The nerves in the trapped shoulder are stretched and injured as a result of medical or midwifery staff using excessive or inappropriate force when trying to deliver the baby.

Shoulder dystocia is usually unexpected but it is more likely to occur if the mother has diabetes, a high BMI, the baby is predicted to be big or shoulder dystocia has happened in a previous birth.

How can Tozers help?

Remember that each case is unique, and seeking legal advice is essential if you suspect medical negligence led to Erb’s Palsy in your child. Consult with our specialist team of lawyers to explore your options and understand your rights.

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