Erb's palsy and cerebral palsy commonly come about due to medical errors involving the improper use of forceps, the failure to perform a cesarean section in a timely manner, the failure to monitor the child's heart rate or breathing during the birth process, or the improper use of anesthesia.
While this all sounds very clinical, the injuries to the child are extremely real. The injuries the child suffered will impact every aspect of the child's life, and the child's parents will have to figure out how that child can then receive a lifetime of medical care and services. These types of birth injuries involve much more than simple medical care. It can mean assisting the child with activities that much of us take for granted such as eating, sleeping, bathing and moving from one location to another. The emotional toll it takes upon parents, brothers and sisters is also tremendous.