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Birth Injury: Erbs Palsy- What is it & How Does it Occur?

Posted by attorney Gerald Oginski

NY Medical Malpractice & Personal Injury Trial Lawyer



Erbs palsy is damage to a group of nerves running from the neck down into the shoulder area. If those nerves are stretched, torn or traumatized, they can affect the shoulder, biceps and forearm and how they develop over time.

When the baby's shoulder becomes stuck under the mother's pelvic bone during delivery this is known as shoulder dystocia. This is a life-threatening obstetrical emergency. The baby's shoulders are too wide to pass through the mother's pelvis and now the baby is stuck.

When excessive traction is applied to the baby's head to get the shoulder unstuck, it can traumatize, injure, tear or even rip the block of nerves controlling the shoulder and arm. If those nerves are permanently damaged, the baby's arm will wither away and will unlikely be of any use in the future.

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