Types of Brachial Plexus Palsy Injuries

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When the system of nerves in the shoulder, hand, and arm sustain injury such as tearing and/or stretching—most frequently during birth and the delivery process—it results in a condition known as brachial plexus palsy. There are four different types of brachial plexus palsy injuries, some of which are more severe than others. However, all types may be caused by medical malpractice and/or negligence.

If your child suffers from a brachial plexus palsy injury that you suspect occurred as a result of medical malpractice, it is important to understand that you have legal options available to you. Please contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation with a skilled and respected medical malpractice attorney who can answer your questions, inform you of your options, and provide you with sound legal advice.

4 Types of Brachial Plexus Injuries


  • Avulsion is the most severe type of brachial plexus palsy injury and occurs when the nerve is torn from the spine. This type of injury requires early surgical treatment to reconnect the nerve and ensure recovery.
  • Rupture also involves a tearing of the nerve, but unlike with avulsion injuries, it does not detach from the spine. Early surgical treatment is necessary to ensure full recovery.
  • Neuroma is a type of brachial plexus injury characterized by a damaged nerve that has tried to heal but is hindered by scar tissue formation. The scar tissue puts pressure on the nerve and prevents it from transmitting signals to the muscles.
  • Neuropraxia—also known as stretch—is the most common type of brachial plexus injury and occurs when the nerve is injured but not torn.Treatment of brachial plexus palsy injuries varies according to their severity but may include surgery, occupational therapy, and/or physical therapy.

Treatment of brachial plexus palsy injuries varies according to their severity but may include surgery, occupational therapy, and/or physical therapy.

Is Medical Malpractice to Blame?

Medical malpractice, while not always intentional, does happen and those who have been injured as a result may be entitled to recover financial compensation to cover the cost of medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. If you suspect that your child’s brachial plexus palsy injury is a result of medical malpractice or negligence, you should contact a qualified medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to learn how you can hold responsible parties accountable.

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