A lawsuit is the only way many can afford to treat and care for a newborn baby with brachial plexus palsy
A forceful delivery can cause brachial plexus palsy in a newborn by tearing the nerves. Talk to a lawyer about a possible lawsuit over your infant's brachial plexus palsy injury. This consultation is free. There is no charge unless you win a favorbale verdict or a settlement.
What is brachial plexus palsy?
Brachial plexus palsy is a paralyzing condition of the arm due to an injury to the brachial plexus, a network of spinal nerves originating in the back of the neck and extending through the axilla to give rise to nerves to the upper limb. The brachial plexus is formed by the union of portions of the fifth through eighth cervical nerves and the first thoracic nerve, all of which come from the spinal cord.
These injuries can be categorized into four distinct types:
Avulsion--when the nerve is torn from the spine;
Neuroma--a damaged nerve that has tried to heal but is hindered by scar tissue formation;
Neuropraxia--(also known as stretch) the most common type of brachial plexus injury and occurs when the nerve is injured but not torn
Rupture--a tearing of the nerve.
Brachial plexus palsy is subdivided into upper and lower, depending on which trunk of the plexus is injured. Upper brachial plexus paralysis is called Erb palsy while lower brachial plexus paralysis is called Klumpke palsy. There can also be total brachial plexus palsy.
In both cases, the injured are typically newborns, and the main cause is a forceful delivery. Rather than celebrate their growing family, parents are left to wonder whether they have the resources to undertake the medical costs. If you believe your child's condition is the result of medical malpractice, we can help with no expenses out of pocket.
Depending on the nature of the damage, the paralysis can either resolve itself over a period of months, or require rehabilitative therapy and even surgery. In either case, it is a traumatic experience for the child and parents, that requires close monitoring. It fills what should be the most joyous first few months of a baby's existence with dread and uncertainty.
If you are a parent of a child with brachial plexus palsy, you may not know the cause of their medical condition. Tragically, an injury during birth can result in such a medical diagnosis.
Some babies recover on their own, but many require specialist intervention. Neonatal / pediatric neurosurgery is often required. Lesions may heal over time and return to function. Therapeutic care is often required, however, in order to regain muscle usage.
Although range of motion is recovered in many children under one year in age, babies who have not yet healed after this point will rarely gain full function in their arm and may develop arthritis.
As you can imagine, such treatment is time-consuming and costly. Parents who put their faith in the medical care facility responsible for such an injury have the right to seek due compensation.
Weitz & Luxenberg: Here for You
Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. has represented the families of children in New York who developed a disability as a result of medical malpractice.Our medical malpractice unit lawyers have seen such injuries resulting from a medical mistake or negligence on the part of trusted health professionals, such as the doctor, nurses, or hospital clinicians involved.
We understand that financial compensation cannot undo a wrong, however, it can provide monetary support for families struggling with medical expenses and future cost of living issues. Please complete the form below and tell us about your brachial plexus palsy experience; it may be due to an injury at birth or neo-natal care. This service is completely free.
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