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October saw an increase in interest surrounding Erb’s Palsy, with the 2019 awareness week taking place.
Many organisations supported the various Erb’s Palsy charities around the world to help highlight the causes and effects of the condition.
Erb’s Palsy, also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis, usually occurs during the birth process. Every injury is different as the condition can affect from one to five of the nerves in the brachial plexus. The injury can be caused by both bruising and tearing of the nerve(s), and so the extent of damage varies from patient to patient. The result of the injury usually involves the paralysis or partial paralysis of the arm, and often the muscles in the affected are less developed than in the other arm.
While this is most commonly thought of as a birth injury, it can also be caused following either a head trauma or shoulder injury at any time of life.
Not all incidences of Erb’s Palsy result in permanent damage, but where they do, the patient’s life could be impacted and there may be the opportunity to claim compensation for the injury sustained
Even where the damage is not permanent, ongoing physio may be required and as such may also form part of a birth injury claim.
Blackwater Law have a wealth of experience regarding birth injuries including Erb’s Palsy. If you are unsure of whether you have a valid claim, please give us a call and speak to a specialist Erb’s Palsy solicitor. We offer a free initial consultation so we can understand your claim and offer the correct advice to take your claim forward. If you decide to progress your claim for Erb’s Palsy compensation with us, we offer a no win no fee service.