During childbirth in New Jersey, newborns face a number of risks that could result in birth injuries. Some of these birth injuries are minor and temporary while others can have an impact on the infant for the rest of his or her life. Erb's Palsy, for example, has symptoms that could result in damaged nerves and a lifelong condition.
Erb's Palsy is a form of obstetric brachial plexus disorder that can occur during the birthing process. This condition occurs when the nerves in one of the baby's arms becomes damaged as a result of shoulder dystocia. Infants and children suffering from this condition may be able to wiggle their fingers but may not be able to move their shoulder and upper arm. In severe cases, Erb's Palsy can have an impact on a newborn's entire trunk. This usually means that the spinal cord has been impacted, preventing the infant from being able to use the entire arm.
There are several risk factors associated with Erb's Palsy. In addition to a difficult birth, other risk factors include small maternal size, excessive weight gain by a pregnant woman and improper use of birthing tools. Additionally, infants who are born in the breech position may be at risk for this condition.
In some cases, Erb's Palsy can be caused by doctor mistakes during the birthing process. If an infant suffered injuries that will need medical care or have an impact on him or her for the remainder of their life, the parents may have a medical malpractice claim. An attorney may review the case and utilize expert witness testimony to prove that the condition occurred due to doctor mistakes or negligence. Depending on the severity of the injury, the attorney may seek compensation for future medical care and other needs resulting from the birth injury.