Pitt County parents spend months anticipating the arrival of a new baby. Few parents are prepared for the helpless feelings that occur when something goes wrong during the delivery process. Injuries from shoulder dystocia are rare, but they do happen and may be the result of medical negligence.
Also called brachial palsy, Erb's palsy is a birth injury to a baby's brachial plexus, a nerve cluster that runs through the baby's arms from the spinal cord. Parents in North Carolina may not know that this injury occurs most often when too much pressure is applied to the baby's shoulder, neck or head during a difficult delivery. The use of vacuum devices or forceps could also cause the brachial plexus to stretch too far, tearing or rupturing the nerves, when too much pressure is applied.
Birth injuries can occur when medical professionals fail to recognize babies' needs or identify potential risks to a baby before, during or after birth. Two birth injuries that could be caused by physicians' mistakes include cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. Although they sound similar, these conditions are very different, but the common denominator in both might be a medical error.
A baby being delivered is often one of the single-most greatest experiences of a person's life. Most parents are overjoyed at the arrival of their child, and look forward to creating memories with their little one. However, while many do not even like to think about it, the truth is that every year a number of babies are born with preventable birth injuries.