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What a Brachial Plexus Injury Means for Your Child

Sometimes, birth injuries cause parents to have an overwhelming sense of fear for the future invade what should be one of the best moments of their lives. One of the most common and significant birth injuries that children face are brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a grouping of nerves is nestled between the shoulder and neck. If stretched and damaged during birth, a child can experience limited movement or a loss of sensation in their upper limbs.

Brachial plexus injuries occur if a medical professional twist or pulls a baby’s neck too much during the delivery process. While doctors and nurses are trained to recognize when a baby is at risk of brachial plexus injury, a failure to respond appropriately to delivery complications still frequently causes these injuries.

Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus nerves control a wide range of motion and sensation in the upper body. Depending on the extent of an injury and which part is injured, a child may experience physical disability, a loss of sensation, or both.

Symptoms of brachial plexus include:

  • Lack of muscle control
  • Limp limbs
  • A claw-like hand position
  • Partial or complete paralysis of the arm

How Your Child Will Recover

Your child’s recovery depends on the extent of damage that the brachial plexus endured during delivery. In some cases, symptoms will dissipate on their own in just a few weeks. In other cases, physical therapy is required to help with recovery. If no significant progress occurs after a few months of physical therapy, surgery may be necessary. During brachial plexus surgery, doctors use another muscle or tendon from the body to restore blood flow to the nerves. This process may or may not “wake them up” and restore all or parts of their functionality.

Brachial plexus injuries should never happen before, during, or after delivery. If medical malpractice injured your child, call Handler, Henning & Rosenberg today. Our attorneys have over a century of legal experience and are ready to fight for the compensation of your baby’s injuries. You don’t have to deal with the struggles presented by finances—rely on us to fight for you and win the compensation your family needs for recovery!

Contact us today at (888) 498-3023 for a free consultation of your case. Our birth injury attorneys will fight for your family’s compensation during this challenging time.

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