Brachial plexus and Erb’s Palsy claims

  • Brachial plexus injuries can be caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth.
  • Sometimes Brachial Plexus and Erbs Palsy can be a result of clinical negligence.
  • If you think your child may have suffered an injury as a result of negligence, we can provide specialist legal support and advice and help ensure all your child’s health and welfare needs are met.

Brachial Plexus injuries represent damage to the nerves that come from the spinal cord in the neck and travel down the arm. It can be caused by stretching, pressure or cutting. Brachial plexus injuries can be a birth injury caused when the baby’s shoulder is stretched during its passage down the birth canal. This is known as Erb’s Palsy (Erb-Duchenne Palsy).

It is frequently caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth. It can result as a consequence of clinical negligence in circumstances where there has been excessive pulling on the shoulder or where the baby is delivered in a breech position. The prognosis for Erb’s palsy will depend upon the severity of the injury sustained. Although many brachial plexus injuries heal without treatment or improve with age. In some cases however sadly there can be lifelong problems.

Brachial Plexus and Erb’s palsy can arise a result of clinical negligence if the medical staff responsible have failed to act with all due skill and care and may result in a compensation claim. It is essential to obtain specialist legal support and advice.

We recognise the very real difficulties that exist in caring for an injured child. Not least difficulties accessing ongoing medical treatment, care and support, education, therapy and equipment. In cases where liability is resolved, we will always seek interim payments at an early stage to ensure access to such treatment, support and assistance. Our community care team are also here to advise and provide assistance in securing all requisite NHS and Local Authority care and support during the continuance of your claim.

Our aim is to help ensure your child’s healthcare and welfare is attended to by obtaining interim payments of compensation during the continuance of any claim wherever possible to assist you with you and your child’s:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Education needs
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Aids and equipment
  • Care support
  • Therapeutic services
  • Case management.

Many people who suffer injury will require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you and your family including:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care your child may need;
  • Support workers who will visit your child on a regular basis to provide you support and help;
  • Community rehabilitation such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
  • Charities or support groups.

We are also able to offer our clients in an appropriate case a specialist ‘immediate needs assessment’ service.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of clinical negligence please contact Anne Cassidy.

We have offices in London, Southampton, Richmond, Woking, Lymington and Guildford. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.