Is There Someone to Blame for My Child’s Erb’s Palsy?

In the height of Greece’s power in the Ancient times, the Spartans and Peloponnese regarded that a woman dying by child-birth was as honorable and difficult as a soldier heading off to war. There is, of course, precedence for this. Child-birth can be difficult and bloody and one wrong move could have devastating effects.

This brings up the topic of Erb’s palsy which is a paralysis caused by injury during child-birth. Oftentimes, this is due to carelessness or negligence during the delivery. Perhaps the baby was delivered too quickly or too much force was exerted in the attempt to pull the baby out of the womb and a nerve was damaged. This can sometimes be corrected over the course of several months through surgery and physical therapy. If left untreated, the paralysis in the child’s arm could become stunted and some cases even state that the entire arm could be entirely and permanently paralyzed throughout the person’s life.

In this kind of situation, if there is someone who is responsible for the newborn’s paralysis, that person should then be held accountable for the consequences that have been thrust upon the child. Medical practitioners are expected to practice a certain standard of care with every patient in order to avoid causing unnecessary and completely avoidable side-effects such as this. When they fail to render safe services to the point that they actually cause more harm than good, it can be said that they’ve behaved negligently. While doctors have difficult, stressful jobs, negligence that has lifelong negative consequences should not be tolerated.