Brachial Plexus Injuries
The brachial plexus is a group of nerves in the neck that send impulses to the arms. During childbirth, these nerves can become stretched and damaged if the baby’s head is bent or twisted too far. Damage to the brachial plexus can result in paralysis — or Erb’s palsy.
Brachial plexus injuries are often the result of shoulder dystocia. In extreme cases, the nerves of the brachial plexus can become separated from the spinal cord, causing complete paralysis in the arm and hand.
If your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury, contact Christiansen Law Offices to arrange a free consultation. We have extensive experience in these matters. Our attorneys advise and represent families in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.
Brachial Plexus Injuries and Medical Malpractice
When a baby is too large to fit through the mother’s birth canal, the condition — known as cephalopelvic disproportion — should be recognized by the doctor as soon as possible. If the birth is already underway, the obstetrician must use particular maneuvers to deliver the baby. This sort of delivery is difficult, though, and the nerves of the brachial plexus can become stretched and damaged.
In many cases, cephalopelvic disproportion can be diagnosed prior to delivery, and the baby can be delivered by C-section. However, failure to diagnose the condition — along with failure to take proper action during the delivery — can constitute medical negligence.
Covering the Cost of Care
Brachial plexus injuries during childbirth can have lifelong consequences for the child and the family. If you believe your child has suffered such an injury, contact Christiansen Law Offices today at 702-570-9262. Our team of attorneys can investigate your case and explain your legal options for obtaining full and fair compensation for your child’s injury.
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