Causes of Erb’s Palsy: Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Share the Causes of Erb’s Palsy


Erb’s Palsy is a type of brachial plexus injury to a newborn.  The brachial plexus is a thick bundle of nerves which originate in your cervical spine (neck) and extend through the base of your neck all the way down to your fingertips.  The brachial plexus splits into several different branches as it extends down your arm.  When there is damage to these brachial plexus nerves, the branch of the nerve that is damaged is what injury or disability a victim will have.  With Erb’s Palsy, the part of the brachial plexus nerves that are damaged affect the upper arm and rotation in the lower arm.  There are many causes of this type of birth injury, and our Bend/Portland birth injury lawyers explain when and what the common causes are and how they could be Oregon medical malpractice.


When Could Erb’s Palsy be Caused?


While a person could have portions of his or her brachial plexus damaged at any time, such as in a car accident as an adult, many brachial plexus injuries occur during delivery.  This is because the brachial plexus nerves are thin and fragile.  The birthing process places extreme stress on the baby and mother, including the baby’s fragile nerves.  Certain actions during the delivery process could place more stress on their nerves and cause injuries.  Nerve injuries could result in Erb’s Palsy.  Thus, labor and delivery is one of the most common times when Erb’s Palsy could be caused.


Common Causes of Erb’s Palsy Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Whenever a child has suffered a brachial plexus injury, it is always prudent to seek free advice from Bend/Portland birth injury lawyers.  This is because many brachial plexus nerve injuries could be caused by negligent healthcare providers.  Indeed, Erb’s Palsy is commonly caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  This medical malpractice could be in the reckless, careless, or negligent acts of a provider.  But this medical malpractice could also be in the negligent omissions of a healthcare provider, such as failing to order a c-section or diagnostic test.


Some of the most common causes of Erb’s Palsy due to Oregon medical malpractice and Bend/Portland birth injuries include the following:


  • Delays in ordering a c-section in a complicated delivery;
  • Pulling, yanking, or otherwise placing too much force on a baby’s arm which causes brachial plexus injuries;
  • Shoulder dystocia;
  • Improper or aggressive manipulation of a child during delivery, especially to the child’s neck or arm;
  • Large baby which should have been delivered via a c-section to avoid complications;
  • Deliveries by feet or breech;
  • Failing to protect the baby’s shoulder and neck from being stuck in the birth canal; and
  • Many other causes.


Families Should Ask our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help


Erb’s palsy can result in catastrophic disability if the nerves are completely torn from the spinal cord.  This could affect almost the entire use of the arm, or at least the efficient use of the arm.  This is because the top and bottom of the arm will be impacted which can make simple movements impossible.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


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