If your child has suffered from brachial plexus birth palsy, better known as Erb’s palsy, then you need to know what to expect. Even if you’re considering taking a settlement in your case, you need to know how this disorder is going to affect your child, so you can make sure you get the funding you need.
In the neck, there is a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus. These nerves spread out to create the entire nerve structure of the arms. Because of the nerves, the arms, shoulders, fingers, and hands all have feeling and can be moved.
When an accident takes place during birth that causes injury to the brachial plexus, your child could lose motion in the arm, hand, shoulder, or fingers. In some cases, there may be only weakness, but in others, there could be a complete loss of motion.
It’s true that most babies who suffer from brachial plexus birth palsy will recover. To get to the point of recovery, the child will need daily physical therapy, though, and that does come at a significant cost. With the right therapy, the child should, in most cases, recover feeling and movement in the affected parts of the body.
If your child doesn’t fully recover, it could be because the nerves were ruptured or torn away from the spinal cord. Sometimes, these injuries can be repaired with surgery, but generally speaking, it’s not possible to repair an avulsion, which is when the nerves are torn from the spinal cord. In those cases, children are left with life-long injuries.