Many cases of injury to the brachial plexus have been reported during the birth process. Brachial plexus is a set of nerves that runs across the neck and the shoulder and is responsible for delivering nerve signals to the shoulders, arms, and hands. When a medical staff member improperly pulls the infant’s head and neck away from its shoulders during delivery, this set of nerves may become damaged, causing a wide array of brachial plexus injuries.
Among the possible injuries is Klumpke’s palsy, which occurs when the lower or inferior trunks of the brachial plexus (the C8 and the T1) have been stretched or ruptured. The damaged nerves would then affect the forearm, the wrist, and the small muscles of the hands. Although a baby with Klumpke’s palsy may typically recover within six months, severe cases of this condition may present life-long complications that could ultimately affect a child’s quality of life.
If your child’s brachial plexus injury has resulted from negligent medical care, a lawyer at the Driscoll Firm might be able to help you pursue justice and compensation by possibly filing a lawsuit. Call us today at (800) 900-7704 for a free initial assessment of your case.