What is the difference between Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy?
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Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy claims explained
Both Cerebral Palsy and Erbs Palsy affect movements within the body and can arise with complications during childbirth. They are however two completely different conditions.
Erbs Palsy is a condition which is caused by injury to the nerves located above the shoulder. During childbirth larger babies sometimes get one or both shoulders stuck behind the mother’s pelvis. In these situations the doctor may have to break the baby’s shoulder to release the child. During this procedure damage can be caused to the nerves in the shoulder. When these nerves are damaged it will affect movement in the arm and hand. Depending on the severity of the damage an operation may be performed to correct the problem.
Cerebral Palsy is a condition that affects movement, posture and co-ordination. The causes of Cerebral Palsy remains unknown as the condition can occur during pregnancy, labour and shortly after birth.
Cerebral Palsy may be caused by:
- fetal infection before birth,
- bleeding to the baby’s brain,
- a premature or difficult birth,
- genetic diseases,
- complications during pregnancy
- lack of oxygen to the baby during childbirth.
There are currently no cures for cerebral palsy but there are a wide range of treatments available to manage the symptoms.
If your child has Cerebral or Erbs Palsy it is important to contact a specialist solicitor as soon as you can to find out if you can make a claim for compensation.
To speak to one of our advisors about your claim you can contact us on our free telephone number, request a call back or fill in our online claim form.