Brachial Plexus Injury

The most severe forms of this birth injury call for immediate corrective surgery, and even then you are not assured of success.

A doctor’s poor work can result in this nerve injury; if so, a medical malpractice suit may be filed and a jury may find the doctor’s standard of care inadequate. Compensation may be awarded for suffering and to cover the expensive bills to treat a brachial plexus injury.

The main signs and symptoms of brachial plexus are (1) a paralyzed arm, (2) no muscle control in the arm, wrist or hand and (3) numbness due to nerve damage. Many brachial plexus injuries happen during birth and result from inadequate care on the part of the doctor and his assistants.

Four degrees of damage

Damage to the brachial nerve network may result in four different degrees of injuries which range from severe to recoverable. They are:

Avulsion—when the nerve is completely torn from the spine. This form has the least chance for successful treatment.

Rupture—when the nerve is torn, but it is still attached to the spine

Neuroma—when scar tissue has grown around the injury, which prevents the nerve from sending signals to the muscles

Neuropraxia—when the nerve is stretched but not torn or ripped.       This represents the best chance for a successful treatment.

The services of a birth injury attorney

Whether your child suffered avulsion, rupture, neuroma or neuropraxia, you can benefit from the services of a birth injury attorney.

Brachial plexus injury treatment for avulsion and rupture injuries requires surgery. The results are not at all certain, with no guarantee of recovery. Also, this operation must be performed in a timely manner by a skilled surgeon.

A competent birth injury attorney is also helpful to the parents of a child who has suffered damage to the brachial plexus during birth.

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