Nurse Smith quickly ushers newborn baby Bradley away from the new mother
who still lies on the hospital room bed. The delivery room bustles with
activity as nurses tend to the child and physicians tend to the mother’s needs.
This was certainly a difficult delivery. It was complicated by shoulder
dystocia, a complication that arises when the child’s shoulder will
not or cannot follow the baby’s head out of the mother’s body.
The delivery room physician had to tug and push the newborn from side
to side in order to complete the delivery.
Now, the nurse does her normal routine of examining and cleaning the child.
Nurse Smith quickly notices that Bradley is not moving his left arm. He
apparently does not have the ability. As she gently rolls him to the side,
his left arm just slumps down. Her first guess is that the baby boy has
a brachial plexus injury.
The brachial plexus is a grouping of nerves that which control the movement
of fingers, hands, arms, and shoulders.
Experienced Newburgh medical malpractice attorneys know that the brachial plexus can be injured during birthing as a result
of medical malpractice. Out of five hundred births, one baby will suffer
When the brachial plexus nerves are torn or stretched, the victim may not
be able to move his or her arm, hand, or fingers. If the injury is a mere
stretching of the nerves, the child may be able to recover quite quickly,
but recovery could take months. In more severe cases where the nerves
have been completely torn and or when the roots are completely removed
from the spinal cord, the injury could be permanent.
Various tests can and should be conducted on the mother prior to the baby’s
delivery. These tests help identify possible birthing complications such
as possible breech delivery and abnormally large babies. These complications
may have indicated a need for Cesarean section delivery. If a doctor should
have recognized the need for Cesarean delivery but failed to recommend
such a procedure, the doctor may have committed an act of
If the signs of complications were justifiably missed, but the delivery
doctor negligently forced the baby out of the mother, the mother may have
a good medical malpractice case against the doctor. The mother and child
can be compensated for the injuries and damages caused by such negligence.
Learn more about what you should know about medical malpractice in
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our blog posted here. Read more about surgical errors resulting in medical malpractice in
our blog posted here.
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