In addition to representing families of children who have cerebral palsy, we have also successfuly litigated cases involving Erb’s palsy. When a child is born with an arm that’s essentially not functioning or very limited because of damage to the brachial plexus nerve this is called Erb’s Palsy. Nerves run from the neck and empower the shoulder, arm, and hand to move. That type of injury usually results when an error occurs during labor and delivery called shoulder dystocia. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby’s head present properly, but the shoulder of the baby cannot pass out of the birth canal. The shoulder gets lodged against the pubis of the mother and as a result the doctor may apply too much traction and actually pull the head and stretch the nerve muscles as the shoulder is impacted against the mother pubis bone. That stretching damages and in some times avulses and severs the nerves leaving the baby with essentially a useless hand and arm. This is a very tragic and avoidable injury. It can lead to lifelong disfigurement of the child and an inability to use the arm for any useful purpose.