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If your newborn baby is struggling or unable to move one of his or her hands or arms, it may be because of a brachial plexus birth injury.
These injuries are often caused by medical malpractice, which is why you should schedule a free legal consultation with our brachial plexus injury lawyers to find out if you have a legal claim. Our experienced attorneys may be able to fight for compensation for damages caused by your child’s birth injury. We represent clients from all over the country and do not get paid unless you receive compensation.
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Types and Symptoms of a Brachial Plexus Injury
The brachial plexus is a group of nerves in each shoulder controlling muscles in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. Brachial plexus injuries occur when these nerves are twisted, stretched, compressed or torn during the birthing process.
Two of the most common brachial plexus injuries include:
- Erb’s palsy – This is usually the result of nerve damage in the upper point of the brachial plexus. Fortunately, most Erb’s palsy injuries heal in a year with appropriate and consistent treatment, which may include surgery, physical therapy or electrical stimulation.
- Klumpke’s palsy – This usually occurs when the baby is pulled from the birth canal by an arm extended above the head. There is a much higher likelihood of recovery from Klumpke’s palsy if the nerves are stretched but not torn.
Symptoms of these and other brachial plexus injuries include:
- Paralysis of the arm or hand
- Lack of sensation in the arm or hand
- Lack of motor function in the upper arm
- Weak grip
- An arm held against the side of the body, bent at the elbow
If your newborn is experiencing any of these symptoms, he or she should be examined by medical professionals to determine if there is a brachial plexus injury. If doctors diagnose this type of injury, contact our brachial plexus injury lawyers to review your legal options.
Causes of Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries
Many brachial plexus injuries could have been prevented, as they were the result of medical professionals’ reckless or intentional actions, including:
- Applying too much pressure to the head and shoulders when pulling the baby out of the birth canal.
- Misusing forceps, vacuums and other tools designed to aid in the delivery of the baby.
- Failing to perform a Cesarean section at the appropriate time.
- Failing to recognize or respond to fetal distress or improper positioning in the womb.
- Allowing a breech birth, where the baby comes out feet first instead of head first.
Any of these actions could be considered medical malpractice, meaning you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, physical therapy and other damages caused by your child’s brachial plexus injury.
Establishing Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals could be held liable for your baby’s injury if your brachial plexus lawyer can establish the four elements needed to bring a medical malpractice case, including:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship in which a doctor treated you and you agreed to be treated.
- The doctor did not uphold his or her duty of care, which is a legal obligation to perform within the medical community’s accepted standards.
- The breach of duty of care was the primary cause of your injury or the aggravation of an existing injury.
- Your baby’s injury led to damages, which could include physical pain, medical bills and more.
The skilled attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs have the resources and legal expertise you need to have the best chance to prove malpractice occurred. Dr. Giles Manley, a partner at JJS, has more than 20 years of experience as a board-certified obstetrician and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of obstetrics.
With our accomplished team on your side, you can trust that we will work tirelessly to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyers Today
A brachial plexus injury could affect your baby for the rest of his or her life, causing a variety of problems on a daily basis. Ongoing treatment of these injuries can also be very expensive.
If you believe the injury was caused by negligence, contact our brachial plexus injury lawyers for a free, no obligation consultation. We may be able to file a medical malpractice claim and recover various forms of compensation, such as:
- Physical therapy
- Regular doctor’s visits
- Pain and suffering
- Durable medical equipment
- Muscle transfer surgeries
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Monthly doctor’s visits
Our attorneys are aggressive negotiators who will not settle for less-than-fair compensation. We also have the resources to take your claim to trial to try to achieve a favorable jury verdict or a fair settlement.