Are Brachial Plexus Injuries Permanent?
Brachial plexus birth injuries typically result from mistakes made by obstetricians and other medical staff during labor and delivery. The most common type of medical error resulting in brachial plexus injuries occurs when these medical professionals put too much tension or stress on an infant’s arm or shoulder, damaging a bundle of nerves known as the brachial plexus. This nerve damage can affect a child’s ability to control the movement of the affected arm and shoulder as well as feel any sensations in this area. However, with sufficient treatment, these injuries can sometimes be corrected or the symptoms reduced.
If your child’s brachial plexus injury was caused by a negligent physician, we may be able to assist you and your family through the process of filing a medical malpractice claim for the cost of your child’s medical treatment and other related expenses. For more information regarding your full range of legal options as the parent of an injured child, contact an experienced Erb’s palsy lawyer of the Driscoll Firm today by calling (800) 305-9800.
The Prognosis for Brachial Plexus Injuries
There are numerous factors that can influence the prognosis for child who has suffered a brachial plexus injury such as Erb’s palsy, including the location and severity of the injury. However, one of the best predictors of prognosis is the type of nerve injury. The following list divides the common forms of brachial plexus injuries by prognosis:
- Best chance of recovery – neurapraxia
- Moderate chance of recovery – axonotemesis
- Little to no chance of recovery – avulsion, rupture, and neurotemesis
If your child has developed an obstetric brachial plexus injury, it is important to seek care right away to increase his or her chances of recovery, no matter the type of nerve damage.
Treating an obstetric brachial plexus injury can be costly, but the negligent medical professional responsible for your child’s injury may be obligated to cover these expenses. To discuss your case and learn more about your rights, contact a knowledgeable Erb’s palsy attorney of the Driscoll Firm at (800) 305-9800 today.