The brachial plexus nerves are a group of nerves located along the spine that control movement in the neck, arm, hand, and shoulder. When these nerves are damaged, during birth or otherwise, it can result in weakness of the arm, numbness, loss of fine motor skills, and partial or complete paralysis. Brachial plexus injury is the most common cause of Erb’s palsy.
Unfortunately, many brachial plexus injuries are caused as a result of medical mistakes made during labor or delivery. When the nerves are stretched, torn, or otherwise damaged during the birthing process, the infant can suffer serious, life-long consequences. If your child has shown signs of or has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury after a difficult delivery, contact Abramson, Brown & Dugan. Our New Hampshire brachial plexus injury attorneys can help you determine whether medical negligence led to your child’s suffering. If so, we can help you work to hold the liable parties accountable and seek the just recovery you and your family are owed.
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Examples of Brachial Plexus Injuries
There are many different injuries that can occur as a result of brachial plexus damage, ranging from mild to severe.
Common examples of these types of injuries include:
- Neurapraxia: The least severe type of brachial plexus injury; caused by relatively minor tearing, stretching, or straining of the nerves. Symptoms can include tingling or burning in the affected area, arm or muscle weakness, sensitivity, and issues with sensation.
- Klumpke’s Palsy: A moderate to severe brachial plexus injury, often caused by shoulder dystocia. Symptoms can include loss of feeling in the affected arm and hand, numbness or weakness, partial or full paralysis of the arm, and a claw-like appearance of the hand.
- Erb’s Palsy: General considered a severe brachial plexus injury; caused by a rupture of the nerves. Symptoms can include extreme muscle weakness in the affected arm, inability to grip, loss of motor function, and partial or complete paralysis of the arm and hand.
- Neuroma: A moderate to severe brachial plexus injury, caused by the formation of scar tissue around the injury which leads to excessive pressure on the nerve. Symptoms can include limited movement, loss of sensation, partial paralysis, and decreased motor function.
While some brachial plexus injuries will heal on their own, most require extensive medical treatment. In severe cases, your child may even need surgery to address or correct the injury. He or she may also require continuous, lifelong care, depending on the nature and extent of the injury.
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Was Your Child’s Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice?
In many instances, brachial plexus injuries are avoidable. During a difficult labor or delivery, an untrained nurse or doctor may directly cause the injury by moving the infant’s head too far to one side. In other cases, medical practitioners may fail to take the necessary immediate steps to treat a brachial plexus injury when it becomes evident. With proper treatment, many children are able to make a partial or complete recovery. However, when treatment is delayed, the chances of a full recovery are slim.
If you believe that your child’s injury was caused by medical malpractice or negligence, our firm can help. We understand that financial compensation cannot make up for the suffering you and your child have been through. However, it can assist with the cost of damages, including the cost of surgeries, physical and occupational therapy, medication, lost income, emotional distress, and more. In many cases, it is possible to seek punitive damages meant to hold the negligent doctor, nurse, or hospital responsible for their failure to provide a reasonable standard of care.
Every case is unique. It’s important that you discuss your situation with an experienced brachial plexus injury lawyer in New Hampshire. Call Abramson, Brown & Dugan at (603) 323-4622 or fill out a contact form to request a complimentary consultation with our team today.