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Understanding your Erb’s Palsy claim.

Erb’s Palsy, known to medical professionals as ‘Brachial Plexus Palsy’ (BRAY-key-el PLEK-sis) is a childbirth injury condition when there is damage to a network of nerves near the neck.

Due to the nerve damage, problems can develop in a child’s arms. In certain circumstances, these problems include functional issues with the hands or the fingers.

Simply put, Palsy translates as weakness, and Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy causes arm weakness and loss of motion.

The name Erb’s Palsy comes from the doctor, Wilhelm Erb.

Claiming compensation for Erb’s negligence

If you believe your child is a victim of negligence, our team of expert solicitors can find out for sure if you have an Erb’s Palsy claim.

In most cases, pursuing a claim comes down to whether the standard of care is seen as negligent.

As well as this, we’ll assess if there is any evidence of long-term problems because of that substandard care.

It is our expert understanding that most infants who live with Erb’s Palsy can recover significant movement and feeling in the arm.

However, some children do not and have lifelong injuries.

Robust, daily physical exercise will always help. Often, parents or guardians of the child, play an essential role in allowing the muscle functioning to recover to its fullest potential.

If you are unsure if you can claim, our specialist team will be able to advise you further.

In addition to this, it costs nothing to find out if you have a case, and all claims will be dealt with empathetically by specialist medical negligence solicitors, on a strictly no-win, no-fee basis.

What can Erb’s Palsy compensation help with?

As expert medical negligence professionals, we have seen first-hand how Erb’s Palsy compensation can make a big difference.

In some cases, your child may need specialist support and care throughout their development, sometimes even into their adult lives.

It isn’t unheard of for a child to make a full recovery, but there will be lots of costs to account for along the way, such as:

  • Appointments with private doctors
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • The need for adaptations to your home and vehicle
  • Private tutoring for your child
  • Travel expenses
  • Loss of wages for parents