The brachial plexus is the network of nerves that sends signals from your spinal cord to your
shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury refers to damage to this bundle of nerves which
can affect the movement of the arm which in turn may result in a neurological impairment in the
arm which is known as Erb’s palsy.

Erb’s palsy is a common birth defect from difficult deliveries and it can have long term
implications for a child. It can occur when the baby becomes impacted during delivery and
becomes stuck. It is important that the medical practitioner does not pull or use excessive
traction as it may result in a brachial plexus injury. A child suffering from Erb’s palsy may need
further surgical intervention.

Medical practitioners should adopt standard and approved manoeuvres such as the McRoberts
position or suprapubic pressure to facilitate a safe delivery. The failure to follow these
procedures could be deemed to be a substandard practice where a child is diagnosed with Erb’s

At Tom Collins & Company Solicitors, our medical negligence team are available to discuss any
concerns you may have in respect of your child’s delivery. We have an experienced team who
can guide you through the process in order to ensure your child’s future needs are taken care of.