Erb’s Palsy / Brachial Plexus Palsy
Proven San Antonio Birth Injury Lawyers
Erb’s palsy is a condition affecting the brachial plexus nerves that
travel from the spine through the neck and shoulder. Also known as brachial
plexus palsy or shoulder dystocia, these injuries result from damage to
the network of nerves that control movement in the shoulder, arm, and
hand. As such, children born with brachial plexus or Erb’s palsy
can suffer severe limitations in their lives, including partial or total
Because most injuries to the brachial plexus occur during birth, it is
important for parents and families to investigate whether
medical malpractice played a role in causing their child’s injuries. When a medical
professional’s negligence did lead to preventable injuries, victims
have the right to take legal action and seek a financial recovery of their
damages, including the costs of past and future medical expenses, lost
income, emotional injuries, and more.
Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C. is a widely recognized personal injury and medical
malpractice law firm that has established a reputation for handling challenging
cases, including cases involving
birth injuries that have life-altering repercussions on the lives of children and their
families. By placing your trust in our proven team, you can pursue a birth
injury lawsuit against the negligent health care provider responsible
for your damages and work to secure the justice and compensation you deserve.
Learn more about your rights! Contact us for a FREE consultation.
What Causes Brachial Plexus Injuries?
When it comes to medical malpractice and preventable birth injuries, there
are several ways negligence can cause brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s
palsy. These include:
- Excessive pressure during labor, including issues caused by excessive or
improper use of labor inducing drugs
- Improperly used forceps or vacuum extractors
- Negligent delivery of the baby, including forcing the baby through the
- Failures to identify complications
- Failures to perform a C-section
While brachial plexus injuries can be treated effectively in less severe
cases, babies who suffer more serious injuries can be left with permanent
weakness or paralysis of the affected shoulder and arms. This can lead
to a lifetime of challenges, as well as limitations on their quality and
enjoyment of life and ability to maintain gainful employment.
Medical Duty of Care
Medical professionals have a legal obligation to treat patients according
to accepted medical standards. Failures to identify complications, perform
intervention treatment, or provide care that a reasonable and skilled
health care provider would provide under similar circumstances is a failure
to uphold this legal obligation.
When medical professionals fail to uphold their duty of care and injuries
like Erb’s palsy as a result, they can and should be held accountable.
By pursuing civil lawsuits against negligent parties, victims can work
to prove not only that negligence led their injuries, but also that those
at-fault parties should provide compensation for the damages they incur,
both in the past and as a child ages.
Free Consultations Available – Discuss Your Case Today
Protecting your rights after a preventable birth injury begins with consulting
proven and experienced lawyers who can help you identify whether you might
have a potential case, as well as how negligence may have played a role
in causing your child’s injuries. At
Tom Rhodes Law Firm P.C., our attorneys have accumulated extensive insight handling cases of medical
malpractice, and can harness our resources when fighting powerful health
care providers and medical insurance companies that only want to limit
To discuss your potential case and how our firm can be of assistance,
contact us for a