Posted July 19, 2015 | Birth Injury
The brachial plexus is a network of fibers extending from the spine and throughout the neck, arms, and armpits. Brachial plexus palsy is weakness or paralysis of the arm caused when the nerves that control and supply the muscles of the shoulder and upper extremities are damaged. Brachial plexus injuries are often caused by forceful pulling on an infant during delivery.
There are several types of brachial plexus injuries that can result during childbirth:
Brachial plexus injuries commonly happen during stressful and difficult labor and delivery. These types of injuries can result in decreased hand strength of the affected side, a claw-like hand appearance and paralysis (both full and partial) often leading to a limp hanging arm.
Simply be because a medical procedure does not caused the desired result does not necessarily mean that there was medical malpractice. Instead, medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to provide medical that meets the level of care, skill, and treatment that other practitioners would provide in similar circumstances.
If you suspect that your baby’s injury was caused by medical malpractice, you should consult with a brachial plexus birth injury attorney who can examine your hospital records and let you know if you have a valid case.
Brachial plexus injuries are commonly caused when a baby becomes lodged in mother’s pelvic area and a doctor places too much pressure on the baby’s head and neck to speed up the delivery. If a doctor uses excessive force extract the baby, the network of nerves that compose the brachial plexus can be injured. Some factors that may contribute to a brachial plexus birth injury include:
Some other factors which may contribute to a brachial plexus birth injury include:
If your suspect your baby’s brachial plexus injuries occurred due to medical negligence, don’t wait to consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney while the details are fresh in your mind.
Philadelphia trial lawyer, Brent Wieand, fights zealously for victims of medical malpractice. He is experienced in finding the medical records doctors don’t want revealed when sorting through voluminous medial records. Upon representation, will work with leading medical experts in the field of OB/GYN and carefully examine your medical chart, including ultrasounds and gynecological notes, to find evidence to prove your case in court.
For a free legal consultation, call Philadelphia birth injury lawyer, Brent Wieand at 1(888) 789-3161.