Brachial plexus and Erb’s palsy claims

  • Brachial plexus injuries can be caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth.
  • Medical negligence can sometimes result in Brachial Plexus and Erb’s Palsy.
  • 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 medical 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 be caused by medical 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 when making a claim to therefore seek specialist legal support and advice.

If your child is injured at birth it only serves to make looking after your baby even harder, when learning to be a new parent is already a difficult and stressful time. It may mean that you need access to ongoing medical treatment, care and support, education, therapy, and equipment.

How Moore Barlow can help

Our team at Moore Barlow will always try to help you get access to the treatment and support you need for your child, by seeking interim payments, in cases where liability is resolved. We have a brilliant choice of community care specialists who are happy to give you great advice and provide you with the assistance you need when trying to secure all requisite NHS and Local Authority care and support during the continuance of your claim.

Our main goal is to help you obtain interim payments, providing you with the compensation you need to ensure your child receives the healthcare and welfare they require. We can assist you and your child with the following during the continuance of any claim:

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

In many cases those who suffer from an injury during birth may need medical care and support for their entire life, which is why it is important to seek ample compensation. At Moore Barlow, our team have access to a long list of contacts with organisations that can help you and your family adjust, 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.

Contact us

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence, specifically brachial plexus or Erb’s palsy, 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.