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What is Erb's palsy?

One of the happiest times in people's lives is when they are expecting a new baby. Maryland residents look forward to the time with great anticipation and joy. For many months, people plan for the arrival of their children. Most people understand that the birth of a child is a complex medical procedure which often requires the systems and skills of experienced medical professionals.

However, when something goes wrong the stakes are high. The life of a new child can hang in the balance during the child's birth. It's up to doctors, nurses and other medical staff to recognize when a medical issue has arisen and to take steps to mitigate the risk.

Erb's palsy is just one many types of birth injuries that can occur during the birth of a child. Erb's palsy occurs when a new baby suffers from temporary or permanent paralysis or weakness in one of the child's arms. Often, this is caused when muscles are damaged during the birth and involves damage to the cervical roots at C5 and C6 in the spine.

According to data, there are some risk factors for a child to develop Erb's palsy. For example, larger babies are at a higher risk for developing this injury. Additionally, children who have suffered from shoulder dystocia are also at risk for this birth injury.

Thankfully, Erb's palsy often cures itself over time. In fact, data shows that babies recover from the effects of Erb's palsy in 80 to 96 percent of the time. This generally occurs after the immobilization of the affected limb and physical therapy. Erb's palsy often improves within a couple of months of a child's birth. In serious cases, surgery may be required to fix the issue.

There are also times when a doctor's actions or inactions may have caused the birth injury. If a doctor or other medical professional makes a mistake during childbirth, the consequences can be tragic. When this occurs, a medical malpractice suit may be indicated. Through such a suit, family can get the compensation they need to help treat a birth injury. For more information about birth injuries and specific legal advice, people may wish to consider consulting with an attorney.

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