Sadly, women do hear this and experience this terrible situation more frequently than they should. One type of birth injury that occurs during the birth of a newborn is Erb's Palsy, which generally happens due to shoulder dystocia. When one or both of the baby's shoulders gets lodged behind the mother's pubic bone at birth, a child may suffer from partial or total paralysis.
Why does this occur?
In many deliveries, babies are too large for vaginal delivery and should be delivered by Caesarian section. If a doctor doesn't realize the problem until it is too late and uses too much force to deliver the baby during a problematic birth, tearing of the nerves could happen and might result in a serious birth injury. By not conducting a C-section when it was needed, the doctor could cause a baby's Erb's Palsy birth injury in Northern Kentucky.
Another name for Erb's Palsy is Brachial Plexus Palsy (BPI). The reason Erb's Palsy is also known as BPI is because this type of injury affects nerves called the brachial plexus, which runs from the spinal column to the arm and shoulder muscles. This large network of nerves causes the arm and hand to move. When these nerves are damaged at birth, a child could suffer total or partial paralysis to these body parts.
Doctors May Be Liable
Sometimes birth injuries could have been avoided by doctors knowing when to perform a C-section. Additionally, doctors should never use extraordinary measures that could cause nerves to stretch or tear.
Sadly, doctors often lead parents to believe that there was no way that this birth injury could have been prevented, but this is often not true. If your child suffered a birth injury in Kentucky, please call an experienced Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for a free discussion of your case.
Children who suffer birth injuries often need surgery, ongoing medical care and therapy, and parents shouldn't be left to foot the bill. Your doctor may be liable for your child's birth injury, and our Ohio birth injury lawyers can help determine if you have a legal case. Call to schedule your free legal consultation today.