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Erb’s Palsy

Our Attorneys Represent Children with Erb’s Palsy in New Jersey

Let our lawyer-doctor help your family meet the challenges of birth injuries

The brachial plexus is the network of nerves in the shoulder and neck. These nerves can become stretched or torn during childbirth, usually because of medical negligence. Erb’s palsy is a type of brachial injury. The condition affects one or two of every thousand babies in the United States. Minor brachial injuries typically heal over time, but more serious damage may cause permanent disabilities.

Seigel Law has advocated for injured children in Ridgewood, Hackensack, Fair Lawn, Teaneck, Garfield, Fort Lee, Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Clifton since we founded our practice in 1976. Our attorneys recognize the challenges you face when your baby sustains birth injuries. We help you recover the money necessary to provide your child with quality medical treatment and to improve quality of life. At your free initial consultation, we answer your birth injury questions and devise a strategy tailored to the facts of your case.

Symptoms of Erb’s palsy in your newborn

Erb’s palsy is characterized by muscle weakness, loss of sensation and, in the most severe cases, paralysis. Symptoms of Erb’s palsy may be obvious right away or may not manifest for several weeks after your newborn’s birth. Common signs of brachial injury include:

  • Arm flexed at the elbow and tucked into the body
  • Not moving the affected arm or hand
  • Decreased grip
  • Delayed or absent reflexes
  • No reaction to touch

Risk factors for brachial plexus injuries

Your obstetrician has a duty to recommend a C-section if vaginal delivery is likely to increase your baby’s risk of injury. Some risk factors your doctor should have considered include:

  • Breech position of the infant
  • Larger-than-average baby
  • Mother being overweight or diabetic
  • Mother having small or unusually shaped pelvis
  • Use of labor-inducing drugs, such as Cervadil, Pitocin or Cytotec
  • Mother having history of difficult, prolonged labor

Obstetric mistakes that cause brachial and Erb’s palsy

Brachial injuries typically occur when the baby’s head and neck are pulled to one side at an awkward angle during passage through the birth canal. Your doctor may have made a variety of medical errors that could result in Erb’s palsy, including:

  • Failing to recommend C-section for high-risk births
  • Pulling on the baby’s head or shoulders during delivery

Consult with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer about your baby’s brachial injuries

Seigel Law is dedicated to medical malpractice recovery — including birth injuries to your baby. Call our law firm at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial appointment with our New Jersey lawyer-doctor. If your injuries prevent you from traveling to our office in Ridgewood, we schedule appointments in your home or at the hospital. You do not owe us attorney fees unless we recover damages through a verdict or settlement, so there is no risk in pursuing your rights to compensation.

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    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

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