As residents of New Haven, Connecticut, no doubt know, the process of childbirth can be extremely painful and highly complicated. Despite the utmost care demonstrated by doctors and nurses, both the mother and child can be at risk. Parents expect that the physicians in charge of deliveries are extremely careful and do their utmost to ensure the best of care. But there is still a chance that the doctor's actions can cause grievous damage to both the baby and the mother.
One type of birth injury is Erb's Palsy, which can paralyze an infant's arms and cause a loss of sensation in the fingers. This occurs as a result of an injury to the brachial plexus, or the nerves connecting the spinal cord and the arm. Most often the injury is caused by the application of excessive pressure when using forceps or a vacuum pump, during childbirth.