Brachial plexus injury refers to any damage in the brachial plexus, or the set of nerves that run across the neck and the shoulder region. Because brachial plexus is responsible in delivering electric signals to the entire upper limb, an injury to this network of nerves may affect muscle movement of one or both arms. Several types of brachial plexus injury can occur at birth. For instance, brachial plexus can be stretched or ruptured when a medical practitioner forcefully pulls the infant’s shoulder as they emerge from the birth canal.
To know if your child is suffering from brachial plexus injury, look for these common signs:
- One arm looks weak, or partially or totally paralyzed
- The affected arm seems to develop more slowly than the other
- The affected arm fails to respond to stimuli
Negligent actions of a medical professional may overwhelmingly harm your family. If you believe a birth injury has been a result of a medical malpractice, an attorney at Driscoll Firm may look into your family’s situation to see if it would be possible to seek financial restitution through legal means. Call us at (800) 900-7704 for a free assessment of your case today.