Campaign week for Erb’s palsy

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A Leeds lawyer has spoken of the “inspirational” families who deal with a condition that can be caused by birth trauma as a national week of campaigning gets into full swing.

Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week aims to educate people about the birth injury that can leave a baby’s shoulder, arm and hand severely paralysed, and affects around one in 1,800 newborns.

Also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis, Erb’s Palsy is not a congenital condition but an injury caused during labour, generally with larger babies that get stuck after their head has been delivered.

James Thompson, of Ison Harrison, is the only solicitor recommended by the Erb’s Palsy Group organisation in the North of England.

He said: “Over the years I’ve built up a very close emotional bond with some of the families and kids affected by the condition.

“Their can-do attitude and refusal to let their injuries hold them back are inspirational.

“I’ve been very fortunate to establish a strong relationship with the Erb’s Palsy Group and as a firm we are keen to do all we can to support families whose lives have been impacted by this avoidable condition.

“Affecting one or all five of the primary nerves that run from the spinal column in the neck down to the fingers, Erb’s Palsy can range from partial to complete paralysis in sufferers.”

In support of Erb’s Palsy Awareness Week from Monday to July 2, staff from across Ison Harrison’s regional offices have been fundraising through office bake sales, donations and prize raffles.

The firm has 12 offices across West Yorkshire including branches at Leeds city centre, Pudsey, Morley, Chapel Allerton, Guiseley, Crossgates and Garforth. For more information about the condition, visit