Erb’s Palsy

Real Life Experiences

CHRISSIE'S MUM WAS ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL FOR AN INDUCTION OF LABOUR BUT HER BIRTH WAS NOT MANAGED APPROPRIATELY.

Chrissie

Chrissie suffered an Erb’s Palsy when her birth was not managed appropriately. Chrissie’s mum was admitted to hospital for an induction of labour. Unfortunately, during the delivery there was an undiagnosed shoulder dystocia (where, in effect, Chrissie’s shoulder became stuck in the birth canal). To compound matters, when the shoulder dystocia was eventually identified the midwife managing the labour did not undertake the appropriate techniques to free the shoulder. As a consequence, Chrissie suffered a severe injury (a brachial plexus palsy), as well as a fracture to her right clavicle.


As a result of the brachial plexus injury, Chrissie required extensive surgery. Whilst improving function, unfortunately she was left with permanent disability. She has very little use of her left arm which impacts on all aspects of her daily living and her employment prospects in the future.

The hospital admitted liability and Chrissie was awarded damages of £400,000.

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