Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer
A brachial plexus injury to a newborn baby can cause temporary and long term disabilities.
The Brachial Plexus is a series of nerves running from the spine, through the neck and armpit region and then into the arm. It sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. They run on both sides of the neck.
A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched or, in severe cases, torn. This type of injury to a newborn baby can cause temporary and long term disabilities.
Contact the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm if your baby has suffered a brachial plexus injury due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional by calling (314) 588-7200.
Causes of Brachial Plexus in Newborns
A brachial plexus birth injury can be the result of:
- A breech (feet-first) delivery
- Shoulder Dystocia (the baby’s shoulder is stuck after the head has come out)
- The baby’s head and neck are pulled to the side as the shoulders go through the birth canal
Because delivery techniques have improved, brachial plexus birth injuries are less common. Doctors and other health care providers should be more aware of the signs of a difficult delivery. For instance, they should know if a woman is at risk for shoulder dystocia. It is estimated that 3 out of every 1,000 babies suffer from a brachial plexus injury due to shoulder dystocia.
Brachial Plexus Injuries
There are two main types of brachial plexus injuries:
- Erb’s Palsy
- Klumpke’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy is the more common of the two types. It is also known as Brachial Plexus Paralysis. This palsy affects the muscles in the upper arm. It can affect 1 or all 5 of the nerves that make up the brachial plexus. The injuries range in severity from partial to complete paralysis. The severity of the disability often corresponds to the severity of the injury.
Klumpke’s palsy is a type of partial palsy involving the muscles in the forearm and hand. It occurs when the nerves in the lower brachial plexus are damaged. This type of palsy can also cause the eyelid on the opposite side of the injury to droop.
Early detection and intervention are crucial in order to ascertain the full extent of the damage caused and then establish treatment.
Brachial Plexus Injury and Medical Negligence
In some instances of brachial plexus injuries, medical negligence is to blame. If a doctor fails to anticipate and prevent birth complications such as shoulder dystocia, this may result in a medical negligence case.
If a doctor, midwife or other medical professional fails to act quickly or fails to provide a high standard of medical care and the result is harm to the mother and/or baby, this is considered medical malpractice.
Contact a Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer
Although monetary compensation can never erase a birth injury, it can alleviate many of the day-to-day problems confronted by birth injury victims and their families. The amount of compensation awarded in a birth injury case caused by medical negligence or medical malpractice varies but is generally predicated on the severity of damage, the degree of negligence on the part of healthcare professionals and the cost of future care for the child.
Get immediate help! If you have a child with a birth injury, contact the Missouri and Illinois birth injury lawyers at Zevan and Davidson today to schedule a free consultation by calling (314) 588-7200.