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What is Erb’s Palsy? An Interview with Attorney Debi Chalik

Jul 15, 2016

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2016 – Debi Chalik of Chalik & Chalik Law Offices discusses Erb’s Palsy with Michael J. Swanson, the author of How David Beats Goliath, and the President and CEO of Advance Capital, Inc. Debi Chalik describes Erb’s Palsy as an injury to the nerves in the cervical spine or neck area, which is also known as the brachial plexus. At birth, those nerves are torn or stretched, and cause permanent paralysis in a child’s arm or hand.

The condition most frequently occurs in children at birth, and can have devastating effects, resulting in a long-term injury. The condition is caused by the obstetrician or delivering practitioner pulling on the baby’s head and neck to get the baby out. The obstetrician pulls so hard that a traction injury results. It normally occurs because the baby is too large to pass through the mother’s pelvic canal naturally. In the cases seen by Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, the mother should have been offered a Caesarean section prior to even trying a vaginal delivery. Or, upon realizing that this was going to be a difficult delivery, the obstetrician should have offered the mother a Caesarean section during labor.

When the babies are too large, they become stuck, and encounter a shoulder dystocia, in which the baby’s shoulder is lodged under the mother’s pelvic bone. The doctor then yanks the baby in order to get him or her out, and stretches the nerves, thereby causing permanent nerve damage in the baby’s arm and hand. As a result, the baby requires a great deal of long-term care.

Debi Chalik observed that many of the women who walk into her office or call her about Erb’s Palsy come are often Medicaid patients. The doctors who treat them allow them to “labor down,” which means that they leave the mothers in the hospital bed, where they are in labor for hours on end, and do not even offer them a Caesarean section.

Anyone whose baby has Erb’s Palsy is encouraged to call Debi Chalik at 855.529.0269 or visit https://www.chaliklaw.com/practice-areas/birth-injuries/.

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28 W Flagler St, #1000
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: (305) 944-2035

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