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Brachial Plexus Injury 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 Dobrinsky Brown and Rosenblum, our Miami, Florida, birth injury lawsuit lawyers have been helping families injured by the negligence or malpractice of others for more than 90 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. Contact our law firm online or at 800-815-6232 to schedule a free consultation at one of our South Florida law offices.

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.

Additional Birth Injury Information

If you believe that a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional involved in your birthing experience made a mistake that caused injury to you or your child, then these additional birth injury resources may be helpful to you:

Contact A Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer

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 our law firm online or at 800-815-6232 to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced attorney at Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, P.A.

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