Brachial Plexus Palsy

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Brachial plexus palsy is one of the types of brachial plexus palsy injuries that occurs when the nerves at the neck and shoulder joints are stretched, torn or bruised. This is classified as a birth injury and is not always preventable. However, in some cases, brachial plexus palsy is a result of excessive pressure applied to the baby’s head or other forms of medical malpractice.

If your child has brachial plexus palsy, you may wish to seek compensation for your medical expenses, pain, suffering, mental anguish, and more. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can address your concerns and help you plan the appropriate course of action.

Causes of Brachial Plexus Palsy

Brachial plexus palsy typically occurs as a result of damage sustained to the neck and shoulder areas during childbirth. This usually happens when the baby comes out in such a manner that its shoulder gets stuck behind the pelvis. There are several risk factors that can increase the risk of this happening, such as:

  • Large baby
  • Breech birth (head-last delivery)
  • Mother is overweight
  • Mother has small or oddly shaped pelvis
  • Prolonged labor
  • Use of forceps or vacuum extraction

While some cases of brachial plexus palsy may be inevitable, many can be averted. It is up to the obstetrician and other physicians to ensure that all the precautions necessary to prevent brachial plexus palsy and other injuries are taken. We can examine your particular situation to determine whether or not this was the case.

Does Your Child Have Brachial Plexus Palsy?

Brachial plexus palsy can have a devastating effect not only on the child afflicted with it, but on his or her entire family as well. Children with brachial plexus palsy often require expensive, long-term medical treatment and therapy.

Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation with an experienced and caring medical malpractice attorney who can answer all of your questions and help you determine the appropriate course of action.

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