Klumpke Paralysis from Birth Trauma
If a physician isn’t careful when delivering a child, he or she may accidentally put too much pressure on an infant’s arm and shoulder, compressing or tearing a group of nerves known as the brachial plexus. If these nerves suffer significant damage, the injured child can develop a complication known as Klumpke paralysis, or Klumpke’s palsy. This condition is associated with motor control problems in the affected hand and fingers, requiring additional medical care and physical therapy in many cases.
If your child has developed a motor disability such as Klumpke paralysis due to a doctor’s negligent care, we may be able to assist you and your family through the process of filing a claim to seek remuneration for your child’s injury expenses. To discuss your full range of legal options after a birth injury, contact the birth injury attorneys of the Driscoll Firm today at (800) 305-9800.
Signs of Klumpke’s Palsy
Although the injuries are similar in nature, Klumpke paralysis has several different symptoms when compared to other brachial plexus injuries such as Erb’s palsy. These symptoms include the following:
- Discomfort or numbness across the ulnar nerve
- Hand muscle paralysis
- A fixed hand position known as an ulnar claw, in which the fourth and fifth finger are curled back to the palm
In some cases, these symptoms can be reduced or even eliminated, but you should not have to face these treatment costs without generous compensation from the negligent physician at fault for the injury.
Brachial plexus injuries leading to Klumpke paralysis or Erb’s palsy can put a substantial financial burden on your household, as your child may need frequent or long-term medical care. However, the doctor responsible for the condition may be obligated to cover your child’s treatment expenses. For a free case evaluation, contact an Erb’s palsy attorney of the Driscoll Firm by calling (800) 305-9800 today.