Erb’s Palsy

You count the days until you come face to face with your precious, beautiful, perfect baby

You never even imagined the delivery going wrong, but what if it does? Erb’s palsy otherwise known as shoulder dystocia is the term used to describe when a baby’s head delivers during a delivery, but the shoulder then becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. The failure to recognize the signs of this and to handle the situation properly can be devastating for the baby. There are maneuvers specifically designed to deliver the baby safely when shoulder dystocia occurs. None of these maneuvers involve moving the baby’s head at all. If, however, the obstetrician pushes the baby’s head downward (towards the floor), the spinal cord nerve roots in the neck can be stretched to the point of rupturing them. The result is Erb’s palsy, commonly referred to as a brachial plexus palsy, in which the function of the baby’s arm and even the hand can be severely impaired or even paralyzed.

At the Law offices of Daniel J. Miller LLC, we can assist in reviewing your case and can help you to understand the full medical scope of the birth injury. Our Maryland Medical Malpractice firm will conduct an extensive, thorough investigation, and we retain the most qualified experts to bring a broad level of expertise to surpass that of apposing counsel. For example, we will retain expert obstetricians, pediatric neurologists, and even surgeons to evaluate your case, and determine the cause of your child’s injury.

If necessary, we also retain expert financial analysts because many Erb’s palsy cases have many different losses above and beyond pain and suffering, including loss wages, costs of care, and many other monetary costs. In order to accurately assess what these costs will be for the remainder of a victim’s life, we use financial professionals to derive fair and accurate resolutions for injury victims.

If your baby has been harmed by the careless and negligent act of a doctor or midwife during your delivery, we would be pleased to offer you a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.