Certain birth injuries are more severe than others, as some can lead to permanent disabilities. Others can cause temporary injuries. Erb's palsy is one form of a Northern Kentucky birth injury that can vary depending upon the severity of the nerve injury at birth. Some children with Erb's palsy suffer this injury temporarily, and others have a lifetime of disabilities.
What if your child suffered Erb's palsy?
When a newborn suffers Erb's palsy in Kentucky, there are different symptoms of the injury that parents should be on the lookout for, including:
- Arm(s) rotated toward the body inward
- Injured arm appears motionless and limp
- Affected arm is weak
- There is numbness and a loss of sensation in the injured arm
- Inability to move the affected shoulder
- Paralysis of the arm
If your child suffers from any of the above symptoms, your newborn may have suffered from Erb's palsy and should be examined by a doctor. Tests a doctor may perform on your infant could include:
- Electromyogram - a nerve conduction study
- Physical examination
- Other imaging tests
These tests are critical in determining the extent of your infant's injuries. When Erb's palsy occurs, it can cause broken bones and other damages in the neck and shoulder areas, in addition to nerve damage, paralysis, and other injuries. Remember, not all babies who suffer Erb's palsy have the same outcome.
Erb's palsy in Northern Kentucky and Ohio can affect children differently, as there are children who sustain injuries for a couple of days to months, and others who suffer permanent paralysis in one or both of their arms.
When either temporary or permanent paralysis occurs due to an Erb's palsy birth injury, parents should not be left alone to deal with the emotional and financial responsibilities on their own. If a negligent doctor caused the injury, families have a right to pursue financial compensation to get the help that they need for costly medical bills, physical therapy, in home care, instances of pain and suffering, and more.
Talk with a skilled Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 in a free legal consultation of your case, and find out more about your rights to a medical malpractice lawsuit in Kentucky.