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Are Erb's and Cerebral Palsy caused by negligence?

Birth injuries can come in many forms, but two that you should be aware of are Erb's Palsy and Cerebral Palsy. These two conditions are often a result of complications while giving birth, but cerebral palsy may be caused before birth in some instances. Cerebral palsy is a generic term that covers many disorders that affect bodily movement and brain function.

There are a number of situations that could result in birth injuries. Some include the failure to provide the baby with oxygen when necessary or an unreasonable delay in a procedure to help the baby, such as could be the case with a delayed C-section. Another cause could be the use of harmful prescription drugs or prolonged bleeding in the child's brain due to trauma. An extremely premature birth can also result in palsy.

When a child is suffering from cerebral palsy, there are a number of symptoms that will appear. Some include the "floppiness" of limbs, the slow development of skills such as smiling, talking or rolling over, vision or hearing problems, involuntary movements or poor coordination.

Erb's Palsy, which is also known as brachial palsy, happens in around two out of every 1,000 births. This palsy affects the brachial plexus, a group of nerves that travel from the spinal cord to the arm. It can result in limpness or limited movement in the arm, hand and fingers, a loss of sensation or paralysis.

These are all birth injuries that should be able to be prevented. If your child has suffered from a kind of palsy after you gave birth in New Jersey, you may have a right to compensation. Your compensation may be used to make your child more comfortable or to better prepare your home for the arrival of a disabled child.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy" Oct. 21, 2014

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