Miami Brachial Plexus Lawyers
Was Your Child Injured During Childbirth?
The brachial plexus is the band of nerves running from the arm and through the neck that control movement of the arm and hand. An injury to the brachial plexus during childbirth is one of the most common birth injuries and is typically immediately identifiable by an inward-turned arm, swelling, bruising or bone fractures. At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Miami birth injury attorneys have collectively been helping families injured by the negligence or malpractice of others for 100 years. If your child suffered a brachial plexus injury during childbirth, you may be entitled to compensation to help pay for his or her rehabilitation.
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Brachial Plexus Palsy Is a Preventable Birth Injury
A brachial plexus birth injury typically occurs when the baby's shoulder becomes stuck on the mother's pubic bone during delivery. This is called shoulder dystocia. Dystocia simply means "difficult delivery." When the baby's head or arm is turned, tilted or twisted by the doctor to free the baby's shoulder, the brachial plexus nerves can be overstretched or even separated from the spinal cord, resulting in injury.
A delivery involving shoulder dystocia is the most common cause of brachial plexus injury, but the nerve band can also be injured during a cesarean section. Injuries that may indicate your newborn suffered a brachial plexus injury include a broken clavicle or humerus, facial paralysis, or a partial dislocation of the cervical spine.
Risk factors that may make shoulder dystocia and a resulting brachial plexus injury more likely include:
- A large baby or a baby with a high infant birth weight
- A breech delivery
- A mother who has given birth at least two other times
- Premature birth
- Prolonged labor
Brachial plexus palsy typically affects the upper arm. If your newborn's full arm is affected by a birth injury, he or she may be suffering from Erb's palsy. Erb's palsy also involves damage to the brachial plexus during birth. Depending on the severity of a brachial plexus injury, your child may regain full use of his or her arm. Treatment and recovery from a shoulder injury during birth can involve many return doctor visits, physical therapy and even surgery.
Wish to Take Legal Action? Contact Freidin Brown, P.A. Today.
If your child was diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury after a difficult labor, our attorneys can help you understand how a birth injury lawsuit can help your family pay for the continuing care he or she will need to recover to the fullest extent possible.
Contact us today to begin the claims-filing process.