Most newborns who suffer a brachial plexus birth injury and have symptoms of Erb’s palsy will recover without medical intervention. Recovery generally begins within several weeks or months, and improvement should be apparent to your child’s doctor. However, nerves heal very slowly. It could take up to two years for the nerves to recover and your child to have full sensation and movement.
In some cases, though, a full recovery is not possible. The child may require surgery or other treatment, and many will still suffer some level of impairment related to their birth injury. In these cases, Erb’s palsy is a permanent disability the child will manage for the remainder of their life.
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Most Children Recover Relatively Normal Function Within Several Months
Injured nerves heal very slowly, even when the injuries are relatively minor stretched or compressed nerves. When the nerves get torn in two or ripped away from the spinal cord, it could take years for them to heal fully.
In most children with Erb’s palsy, the child shows marked improvement in a few weeks to several months. Doctors generally know before three to six months if the child will heal on their own or if they require surgery.
Some children recover fully within three to six months. Your child’s doctor or a physical therapist will teach you how to help your baby perform physical therapy exercises until they regain a normal range of motion and ability to move on their own. Your child may need additional rehabilitation exercises to rebuild strength after they heal.
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For Some Children, Erb’s Palsy Lasts a Lifetime
For some children, a brachial plexus injury like Erb’s palsy can be a lifelong disability. Some children never recover normal sensation, strength, and/or motor function in the shoulder and upper arm affected by Erb’s palsy. They may experience ongoing problems with a range of motion, purposeful movement, and pain or discomfort.
Even when children require nerve repair surgery following an Erb’s palsy diagnosis, there is no way to guarantee they will regain full use or strength in their arm. Often some weakness, sensation abnormalities, or movement limitations continue for several years or for the rest of their lives.
Children who live with disabilities related to Erb’s palsy may need ongoing physical therapy to prevent contractures and other complications. They may also need help from an occupational therapist who can help them to learn to manage self-care and other independent living tasks.
Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy Diagnosis May Warrant Legal Action
If your child required treatment or suffers lasting damage related to an Erb’s palsy birth injury, you may have enough evidence to pursue compensation in a medical malpractice case. Many brachial plexus injuries, including many cases of Erb’s palsy,are preventable. If your child’s doctor caused their birth injury or failed to prevent it, you may have a legal case against the doctor or hospital.
You and your family could recover compensation for your child’s past and future treatment and other damages, including:
- Past medical care costs
- Future medical care costs
- Therapy and rehabilitation expenses
- Any prescribed assistive devices or tools
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to their diagnosis or treatment
- Pain and suffering losses
To learn more about your legal options and the strength of your case, you will want to discuss your options with a medical malpractice birth injury attorney who regularly accepts this type of case in your state. Most birth injury lawyers offer free case reviews. You can talk to an attorney and learn more about your case without having to pay anything out of pocket.
If your attorney believes your child’s condition supports a birth injury claim, they can pursue a claim or medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf. They can help you build your case according to the rules in your state and take legal action before your state’s deadline passes.
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