Signs & Symptoms of Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is a form of a Brachial Plexus injury that causes significant damage to the nerves in the neck that impact motion in the arm. It limits mobility, often occurring during delivery when the baby is stretched at the neck in an unnatural manner.

Unfortunately, this is a serious condition that impacts thousands of babies each year in the U.S. because of the negligent actions of medical professionals. Understanding how Erb’s palsy impacts a child and what the signs and symptoms are can help families know what options they have.


Erb’s palsy impacts the Brachial Plexus, which is the space between the arm and the neck bones. It may limit the mobility of the shoulder because of the damage to the upper arms. One potential sign is that the arm may appear paralyzed, or one arm may appear longer than the other.

With Erb’s palsy, the baby can move their fingers, but not the upper part of their arm.

Here are some things to look out for to determine if your child should be checked for Erb’s palsy:

  • The baby may be completely unable to move their arm or shoulder.
  • The baby may have the arm bent toward the body in a manner that looks unnatural.
  • The baby may have weakness in the arm or completely absent reflexes.
  • The baby may have loss of feeling in the arm completely.
  • The baby may be unable to grip with any strength.
  • The baby may feel pain in the affected area when touched.

If you’re experiencing these problems as a result of your child sustaining a negligence-related injury, you have rights that need to be protected.

At Hare Wynn, we have experienced birth injury attorneys who can work with you and help you seek the most favorable outcome possible. You deserve to have someone on your side protecting your best interests.

Contact us at 855-965-1688 today to discuss your case in a free consultation.

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