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What a Brachial Plexus Injury Means for Your Child

Birth injuries subject parents to an overwhelming sense of fear for the future. One of the most common birth injuries that families face are brachial plexus injuries. The brachial plexus is a group of nerves nestled between the shoulder and neck. If stretched or torn during birth, a child can suffer from limited movement or 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, 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 posture
  • Partial or complete paralysis of the arm

How Your Child Will Recover

Your child’s recovery depends on the extent of damage caused during delivery. In some cases, symptoms will dissipate on their own in just a few weeks. In other cases, they'll need physical therapy 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. If your child was injured by a hospital's malpractice, call Handler, Henning & Rosenberg today. Our attorneys have over a century of legal experience and are ready to help you get compensation for your baby’s injuries. You shouldn't have to ask how to afford your child's care—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 can fight for your family’s future during this challenging time.

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