Brachial plexus injuries damage the network of nerves that control your shoulder, arm and hand. Many infants suffer from these injuries at birth, sometimes due to medical negligence on the part of doctors and hospitals. The severity of a child’s injury is directly linked to which nerves were injured and how they were stretched, torn or compressed. Symptoms include:
Complications at birth can be caused by unusual birth positions, such as excessive pressure on the baby’s raised arm during a breech delivery (feet-first) or by medical malpractice. In some cases, doctors and medical staff members use dangerous techniques, like forcibly pulling on the baby’s head or exerting too much pressure on the shoulders.
Yes and no. Doctors can’t control everything, but there are warning signs of brachial plexus injuries that should influence how the birth is planned. When the attorneys at Goldblatt + Singer investigate brachial plexus lawsuits, we look for these early warning signs that the doctors should have taken into consideration:
If your child is experiencing problems associated with a brachial plexus injury, contact us today for a free case evaluation. Goldblatt + Singer has represented more than 25,000 injured people since its inception in 1949.
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