Erb's Palsy claims

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Erb’s Palsy, also known as ‘Brachial Plexus Palsy’is an injury that can occur during difficult childbirth when there is damage to a network of nerves near the neck that can go on to develop problems in a child’s arms and shoulders, often causing weakness and mobility issues with hands and fingers and, in severe cases, can result in paralysis.

Our medical negligence experts are highly experienced and therefore understand the difficulties of Erb’s Palsy and are here to fight for you and your child in order to attain the best medical care and the right compensation for your needs.

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What is an Erb’s Palsy claim?

Erb’s Palsy is usually caused by trauma to nerves during childbirth and can result in life-long weaknesses and even paralysis in the shoulder, hand and arm. It is the duty of medical professionals to have identified potential birthing issues beforehand and to recognise issues such as shoulder dystocia to then conduct the recommended procedures during difficult labour in order to reduce the risk of injury.

If your child has been affected by substandard care within a healthcare facility, you could be entitled to an Erb’s Palsy compensation claim. Our medical negligence solicitors can advise if you have a claim and how we can help.

Can I claim compensation for Erb’s Palsy negligence?

If you believe your child has suffered medical negligence, our experienced solicitors can use their expertise to find out for sure if you have an Erb’s Palsy claim. This investigation will include assessing for any evidence of long-term issues due to negligent care from a health professional.

Whether your child is able to recover some movement or if their injuries are lifelong, compensation can be a crucial step to recovery for you, your child and your family. We understand the hardships, be it emotional or financial strain, which is why we believe in the importance of helping you to gain compensation that might make things just that little bit easier.


Negligence within the medical field can occur due to a multitude of mistakes and inadequacies, we have support claims including the following negligent actions:

  • The use of excessive amounts of force around your baby’s head, neck or shoulders during birth.
  • Failure to recognise and advise of potential risks or signs of shoulder dystocia.
  • Failure to recommend a caesarean section when appropriate.
  • Improper usage of birth-assisted tools such as forceps


From experience, we know that compensation received for Erb’s Palsy can help to make a huge difference. In more severe cases of Erb’s Palsy, children may require specialist care that continues into adulthood. Compensation can help to aid both your child’s development and any financial costs that arise, such as:

  • Physiotherapy and private doctor appointments
  • Home and vehicle adaptations and other specialist equipment
  • Loss of income
  • Private tutoring

To ensure that you are receiving the right compensation amount for your case we will consider factors such as the life-long effects of injury, the emotional and physical pain suffered and your child’s ability to be independent.

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Patient Claim Line was established in 2014 and consists of a team of medical lawyers specialising in medical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

At Patient Claim Line we have more than 100 solicitors with combined experience of over 400 years and they will work on your behalf to achieve the best result possible for you.

It's not enough to use a solicitor who sometimes covers medical negligence. You need someone who knows this area through and through. That is what the solicitors here at Patient Claim Line do. They deal exclusively in this area of law and are experts in the field.

Frequently asked questions about Erb’s Palsy Claims

Our expert legal team answer your questions about making an Erb’s Palsy Claim


Meet our medical negligence team

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Head of Group Action

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Team Leader/Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.

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