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The difference between Erb’s palsy and cerebral palsy (CP) is that a birth injury causes Erb’s palsy. Abnormal brain development can result in CP. Erb’s palsy is also a nerve condition, and CP is a cerebral motor cortex issue; however, both conditions affect muscle function.
In this article, a Phoenix birth injury lawyer describes each condition and how they affect the body. We also discuss what you can do if you think medical malpractice caused your child’s condition.
Erb’s palsy is a brachial plexus condition named after Wilhelm Erb, the physician who initially identified the illness. Physicians will diagnose a child with Erb’s palsy In situations where brachial plexus palsy affects the top nerves of the arm. While some cases resolve independently, a physician may recommend shoulder exercises to prevent stiffness or other forms of treatment for permanent symptoms.
According to the Cleveland Clinic website, Erb’s palsy consists of four primary nerve injuries:
Physical therapy (PT), nerve repair, or muscle repairs may restore some strength and mobility. Children with a brachial plexus injuriesl experience continued weakness in the affected shoulder, arm, and/or hand. The regrowth and repair of these tissues may take time to see improvement and results.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological condition that begins in infancy or early childhood. It has a lifelong impact on bodily movement, muscle coordination, balance, and posture. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website also states that children could face disorders with intellectual development, seizures, and vision.
People with CP may also suffer from the following conditions:
CP results from faulty brain development before birth or brain damage occurring before, during, or after delivery. The condition inhibits an individual’s capacity to retain muscle control. Person to person, the severity of cerebral palsy can range from minor to severe.
Always follow through on your doctor’s advice after a diagnosis. However, if you are worried, they may have caused the injury, get a second opinion from another doctor or speak with a birth injury attorney. We can help you determine your legal options when seeking redress for medical malpractice.
The Phoenix medical malpractice lawyer at Knapp & Roberts invites you to contact us for legal information about your situation. If you think your licensed healthcare provider caused your child’s condition, get a Free Consultation by calling 480.991.7677 or messaging us online. We do not get paid until you win your case.
The personal injury attorneys in Phoenix, Arizona, at Knapp & Roberts have the compassion and trial lawyer skills to tell your story to a jury. We will get to know you and your family so that we can help the jury understand what has happened to you and your family and how it has changed your lives. Obtain the compensation necessary for the injuries and losses you have suffered.
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