Brachial plexus injuries occur in infants during delivery and are almost
always avoidable injuries, thus making them a form of
medical malpractice. Startlingly, studies have shown that these injuries are very common,
and occur in nearly 32% of all childbirths.
experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys understand both the law and the complicated medicine relating to these
types of brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a region in
the body consisting of a network of nerves within a person’s neck
vertebra. This network of nerves sends impulses to your shoulders, down
your arms, your hands, and down through your fingers. An injury to this
area is titled after its name; brachial plexus injury.
Brachial plexus injuries occur when the nerves are stretched or torn during
an event in which the shoulder is pushed downward while the head is pulled
upward in the opposite direction. Symptoms of this type of injury are
burning, stinging, numbness, and/or weakness in one’s arm. Additionally,
one may lose the ability to use fingers, the arm, shoulder, and/or hand
which can be marked by severe pain. While minor brachial plexus injuries
may heal on their own, more severe injuries may require surgical repair.
Some brachial plexus injuries do not heal and are permanent.
The types of symptoms associated with brachial plexus injuries to which
we referred above are separated into four categories:
- Avulsion injuries: When the brachial plexus nerves are completely torn
and detached completely from the spinal cord.
- Rupture injuries: This is an injury where the brachial plexus is torn but
still attached to the spinal cord.
- Neuroma injuries: This is marked by the presence of scar tissue surrounding
the brachial plexus that puts pressure on a torn verve. Infants suffering
from this injury will experience discomfort and pain.
- Neuropraxia injuries: The brachial plexus nerves are encased in a covering
called the myelin. If this covering is damaged, the nerves will not properly
send signals to other nerves. This injury is milder and usually results
from a stretch rather than a tear in the nerve.
If during the birth of your child, the baby became lodged behind your pelvis
or pubic bone, known as shoulder dystocia, then your infant’s injuries
may be the result of brachial plexus. A fracture of the humerus or clavicle
is another possible indication of a potential brachial plexus injury and
a sign of
Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys adept in this type of litigation will know how to properly investigate
the facts of your case in order to determine if your child’s brachial
plexus injury was caused by the negligence of a medical professional.
We will assemble the testimony of experts in order to show that your doctor
breached his duty of care to you and the child with an intense focus on
getting you the recovery that your deserve.
Are you interested in learning more about birth injuries? Visit our latest
article for more information on the
various types and why they can be medical malpractice here. You can also read yesterday’s blog post for more about
cerebral palsy injuries.
Our medical malpractice attorneys at
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