New York Erb's Palsy Attorneys

Filing an Erb's Palsy Claim

New York personal injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP provide the highest level of legal representation for birth injury cases. Birth injuries can occur to both the newborn and mother when substandard care is given. Injuries to an infant can occur during pregnancy, during the process of birth, and the immediate care after delivery.

Our attorneys have substantial experience with cases involving birth injuries. We have handled many cases involving cerebral palsy, brain damage, ADHD, learning disabilities, and Erb's palsy.

What is Erb's Palsy?

Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy, commonly known as "Obstetrical Erb's Palsy," is a birth injury that occurs one to three times per every 1,000 births. It is named after German neurologist Wilhelm Heinrich Erb, who was one of the first physicians to document this condition. The term "Erb's Palsy" refers to varying degrees of paralyses to the arm resulting from nerve damage to the brachial plexus (a network of nerves that connect the spine to the arm and hand). This injury occurs during birth when, during delivery, the baby's head is stretched too far away from the shoulder, placing traumatic tension on the brachial plexus.

Symptoms of Erb's Palsy

If you notice any of the following symptoms in your infant, have them examined by a qualified physician immediately:

  • The child is unable to move their shoulders, but able to move fingers
  • The child's arms are rotated in toward the body, palm pointing away from the body
  • Weakness in the arms
  • Lack of feeling in an arm
  • Full or partial paralysis of the arm

While most infants with Erb's Palsy will fully recover feeling and movement with daily physical therapy, some may need expensive nerve graft or nerve transfer surgeries. Unfortunately, in about 20 percent of the cases, the nerves are irreversibly damaged or even severed, causing permanent paralysis to the child.

Compensation in NY for an Erb's Palsy Birth Injury

Hopefully, your child will fully recover from their injury with physical therapy. If not, you can seek compensation for the following damages:

  • Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Costs of corrective surgeries
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages from work missed for surgeries and doctor appointments
  • Household and vehicle modifications to accommodate the child's special needs
  • Loss of joy of life
  • Punitive damages

Many of our clients have sustained catastrophic injuries and will require support for the rest of their lives. Your New York City birth injury attorney can help you secure the financial settlement your family needs. In the tragic of event of losing a child, Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP can also handle wrongful death cases on behalf of families whose loved ones have died from birth injuries.

Call our New York Erb's Palsy Attorneys at (212) 986-7353 Today for a Free Consultation

If you or your child has suffered an injury due to improper care during your pregnancy or at the time of your delivery, the top NY injury attorneys at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, would like to meet with you. Please contact our office at (212) 986-7353 to set up an appointment to discuss your case.

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