Erb’s Palsy Claims

What is Erb’s palsy?

Erb’s palsy is a term that describes an injury to the brachial plexus nerves. These are nerves in the upper arm and shoulder area. The injury can cause arm weakness, reduction in movement, reduced sensation or paralysis.

This type of injury can occur in adults, but mainly occurs in children as a result of injury during birth. One of the more common causes of Erb’s palsy is shoulder dystocia, where the head emerges from the birth canal, but the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the pubic bone. Subsequent pulling on the baby’s head or arm by the doctor or midwife can be too forceful and sometimes in the wrong direction causing injury to the nerves.


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Our team have successfully handled a vast number of claims involving Erb’s palsy, and we are confident that we can secure the best outcome for you. We offer a no win, no fee service, meaning it is risk-free for you to potentially earn a life-changing sum of compensation.

If you believe your child has developed Erb’s palsy due to errors made during labour and delivery, speak to us today to make a claim.


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Claiming for compensation as a result of Erb's Palsy

Children can sometimes recover from Erb’s palsy, however they may not do, and may require treatment to manage it and be left with an injury for the whole of their life. Compensation can be sought where this injury has occurred as a result of substandard care.

Substandard care includes:

  • Failing to advise you about the risk of Erb’s palsy
  • Failing to arrange a caesarean to mitigate birth injury risks
  • Poor management and treatment of Erb’s palsy
  • Using too much force when delivering the baby, resulting in further injury

Claims on behalf of the baby can be brought up to their 21st birthday.

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Millions in compensation paid out

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Compensation recovered for our clients

Careless procedure - leading to cerebral palsy

We were instructed by the parents of a girl who was born with brain damage, leading to cerebral palsy. Her parents believed this was entirely preventable and wanted to understand how it happened. Our investigation proved this to be correct.

Compensation recovered: seven figure payout

Medical negligence - leading to lifetime care

Our clinical negligence team secured a six-figure sum for our client after disastrous keyhole surgery affected every aspect of his life.

Our client was left permanently scarred and forced to use a catheter after his bladder was cut during the operation. Three months after the operation, he was still in severe pain and consequently taken into hospital with a water infection – where it was discovered swabs had been left inside of his body, leading to another operation to remove them. As a result of this negligence, our client had to give up working and relies on care from others for everyday tasks.

Compensation recovered: six figure payout

Failure to obtain consent - leading to additional scarring

We represented a gentleman who was born with Poland Syndrome – meaning he was missing a major muscle and soft tissue damage on the left side of his chest. Our client decided to proceed with surgery to correct this defect. He consented to liposuction being performed on either the right side of his chest or abdomen, followed by lipofilling on the left side of his chest – which would leave minimal scarring.

Compensation recovered: five figure settlement

Missed diagnosis and referral

We acted on behalf of the estate of a 68 year old diabetic man who had stubbed his toe. The toe had turned black following the minor accident and his GP referred him to hospital, where medical staff noted that there was a lack of pulse in his feet but failed to address this

He didn’t receive any treatment until more than a month later, when the condition had significantly worsened and part of his foot had to be amputated. It is well known by medical professionals that diabetes can lead to problems with the lower limbs and diabetes is the most common cause of lower limb amputation in the UK.

Just a few weeks later, he had to return to hospital to undergo surgery to have a below the knee amputation. However, his condition sadly continued to deteriorate and he died approximately two months after his initial A&E visit. The NHS Trust involved admitted liability and we successfully obtained a settlement for his family.

Compensation recovered

Meet our specialist team

Lauren Taylor
Matthew Smith
Principal Lawyer and Head of Clinical Negligence
Neil Fearn
Group Head of Dispute Resolution
Sanjit Sathya
Clinical Negligence Paralegal