Erb’s Palsy (also known as a brachial plexus injury or shoulder paralysis, is a birth injury suffered when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. As a result, the child may suffer permanent nerve damage, which severely limits the use of their arm through their life.

In many cases, Erb’s Palsy can be prevented with the exercise or reasonable medical care. If a medical provider fails to recognize the signs of a problem and take prompt actions to minimize the risk of an injury, the child could be left with a life-long brachial plexus injury.


If your child or a family member has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy and you suspect that it may have been caused by medical malpractice at the time of birth, our lawyers can review the circumstances surrounding the birth to determine if the child may be entitled to compensation.

Trauma to a baby’s shoulder at the time of birth which results in Erb’s Palsy or a brachial plexus nerve injury, is known as shoulder dystocia.

Damage from pressure on the brachial plexus nerve during birth may result in an injury that heals within a matter of a few months, or it could leave the child with permanent Erb’s Palsy nerve damage.

Some children are left with no use of the impacted arm for the remainder of their lives. In severe cases of shoulder nerve damage, families may face a lifetime of medical expenses to treat Erb’s Palsy.


If a child’s Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus neuropathy may have been caused by a medical mistake that could have been prevented, the child and their family may be entitled to a settlement. Alan Ripka and his Erb’s Palsy lawyers have reviewed thousands of claims for parents of children with a brachial plexus injury who suspected that it was caused by negligence or mistakes during childbirth.

Call our 24-hour toll-free injury hotline at (84) GET-RIPKA to speak with an attorney, or request a free consultation and claim evaluation to have the circumstances surrounding the birth reviewed.

There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for your child and your family. In addition to obtaining a free claim evaluation, there is no obligation to retain a lawyer’s services.

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