Los Angeles Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyers
Brachial Plexus Injury & Paralysis
Brachial plexus injury may occur when the bundle of nerves travelling from the spine through the shoulder and armpit and into the arm are stretched, severed or damaged in some way, leading to partial or total paralysis. The symptoms of brachial plexus injury may range in severity from numbness or a lack of feeling in the hand or arm, all the way to total paralysis of the affected limb.
At times, brachial plexus injury may stem from birth trauma. Shoulder dystocia is a common cause of brachial plexus injury during childbirth, wherein the infant's shoulder gets caught behind the mother's pubic bone. The obstetrician may then need to manually maneuver the infant to avoid oxygen deficiency as the umbilical cord and baby's chest may be constricted. In maneuvering the baby through the birth canal, if the doctor is not careful he or she may stretch the baby's neck and shoulder and thus cause injury to the brachial plexus.
In some cases brachial plexus injury will heal over time. Babies are actually quite resilient and nerve damage may heal, but in some situations this will not occur. Surgery may be required to repair nerve damage, as well as continued treatment or therapy.
Did Your Child Suffer Brachial Plexus Injury? Contact a Los Angeles Birth Injury Lawyer Today
If your child suffered brachial plexus injury during childbirth, and you believe this may have stemmed from an obstetrical mistake or some form of malpractice, a Los Angeles birth injury lawyer at Pacific Attorney Group may be able to help. Our firm handles all types of birth injury claims and lawsuits throughout the Los Angeles area, and your initial consultation is free.
Find out more about your legal rights by contacting a Los Angeles brachial plexus injury attorney at our offices today.