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Chicago Erbs Palsy Lawyer

Erbs Palsy involves an injury to the brachial plexus. Injuries to the brachial plexus at birth as a result of medical negligence can be devastating. Here is a picture showing the nerves that can be implicated by a brachial plexus injury:

Chicago Erbs Palsy Lawyer

Erbs palsy as a result of medical malpractice can happen if there is a shoulder dystocia at birth. Shoulder dystocia means that one of the shoulders of the baby gets stuck under the pubic bone. When faced with this medical emergency, the physician should follow certain standard maneuvers to get the shoulder free and the baby delivered. Once the baby is stuck so long as to be in fetal distress from a lack of oxygen, the doctor can essentially do anything, even extreme measures such as breaking the baby’s “collarbone” to deliver the baby. However, sometimes before extreme measures are merited, the doctor can act by excessively applying traction to deliver the baby, which in turn can cause an avulsion of the brachial plexus nerves and resultant Erbs Palsy. Like this:

Chicago Erbs Palsy Lawyer

When the doctor applies excessive traction in the first few minutes to deliver the baby, then the doctor violates the standard of care.

As an attorney, I have experience prosecuting these birth injury cases around the nation. If your baby has Erbs Palsy, please call me now at (312) 637-9141 or contact my office today, to discuss whether your baby may have a meritorious case.