Brachial Plexus Injuries Can Have Long-Lasting Effects on Your Life
Kentucky birth injury lawyers who help protect victims of Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s Palsy
The brachial plexus nerve network runs along your spine. It connects to nerves in your arm, from your shoulder to your hand. A brachial plexus injury causes damage to that nerve network and can impede a person’s mobility and function. Newborns are at risk of a brachial plexus injury if their doctors are negligent during the delivery process.
Crandall & Pera Law has helped families throughout Kentucky whose newborns suffered a brachial plexus injury. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys, registered nurses and legal staff work together with you to determine the nature of your child’s injury and its causes. If we discover evidence of medical negligence, we help you protect your family by representing you in court or during settlement negotiations.
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Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy
Though there are different kinds of brachial plexus injuries, the two most associated with childbirth are:
- Erb’s palsy, an injury that affects the upper brachial plexus from the shoulder and down to the elbow
- Klumpke’s palsy, an injury that affects the lower brachial plexus, including the wrist and hand
Brachial plexus injuries are usually the result of shoulder dystocia, which occurs when a baby’s shoulder cannot make it past the mother’s pubic bone after the head has already come through. This can cause the brachial nerves to stretch or even tear, and can result in mild to severe injury in the baby.
Why brachial plexus injuries are serious
The National Institutes of Health classifies four categories of brachial plexus injuries:
- Neuropraxia. This is the most common kind of injury, occurring when the nerve has been stretched but has not been torn. Paralysis of the arm, or decreased muscle control in the arm, wrist or hand, are signs of neuropraxia.
- Rupture. A brachial plexus rupture occurs when the nerve tears. In these injuries, it is still attached to the spinal column.
- Neuroma. If the brachial plexus nerve tears but heals itself, scar tissue can press on the nerve and limit your control or mobility in the hand, wrist, arm or should
- Avulsion. In this, the most severe brachial plexus injury, the nerve is torn from the spinal column.
Children with neuropraxia may need very little therapy, as this form of injury may fix itself. Children with avulsion or rupture injuries, however, will require surgery to fix the damage. If the surgery is not performed in time, the result could be permanent paralysis of the arm. In some cases, a full recovery is never possible.
Crandall & Pera Law understands how an injury of this kind may affect a family for a lifetime. Children with brachial plexus injuries may require additional treatments that are determined by the severity of the case. Our well-recognized team of attorneys and nurses works one on one with clients to help them protect their families’ futures by helping to prepare them for what may come.
Support for families whose children are suffering with brachial plexus injuries
At Crandall & Pera Law, we know what kind of uphill battle you may face if your child was permanently injured because of medical negligence. We have helped families throughout Kentucky whose children have suffered with Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy as a result of negligent delivery of shoulder dystocia. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team. We have convenient locations in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.