What is brachial plexus? What is Erb's Palsy?

 

Brachial Plexus is a nerve injury that can occur during birth, if there is distress and the head is stretched too far away from the neck. This can result in nerve damage, and can be bad enough to cause a permanent disability in the arm. The problem is, perhaps you didn't know for awhile that the baby even had brachial plexus, and the doctor's never connected it to a birth injury.

Why would they? It's their neck on the line, so to speak.

The brachial plexus nerves are located underneath the clavicle and are a network of nerves that control sensing and motion communications between the brain and the arm. The network of nerves is connected to your spinal chord. Your child may have brachial plexus if he or she is unable to move one of their arms, or seems to have a lack of sensitivity to that area. Brachial plexus is also called "Erb's Palsy" when the upper area is affected.

The disability brought about during a brachial plexus injury varies from case to case, but in case of an avulsion (when the nerve is torn away from the spinal chord) or a rupture (a tear in the nerves) the injury is far more serious and may require years of physical and occupational therapy to help the injury itself and help the child to learn to compensate for the injury.

Not all difficult deliveries can be prevented, but in the case of an unnecessarily prolonged birth, or a poorly-handled breech presentation, or other types of traumatic births, your physician or hospital/provider may be held responsible for your child's birth injuries and special needs. Your child may require ongoing medical treatment and physical/occupational therapy, psychological services, and eventually may need to account for lost wages if the injuries prevent them from working and the cost of care after they are grown. 

Children with serious Erb's Palsy can learn to be independent, but they need special resources to get to that point.

Does your child have signs of Erb's Palsy, or did you have a difficult delivery and now your child is showing developmental delays? Don't hesitate to call us today at 202-393-3320. You only have so much time to file a lawsuit, and cases get harder to prove the more years that go by-- medical records get destroyed, details get forgotten and before you know it you've cost your child their financial recovery that can help them to live a normal life.

Don't delay. Call us today - there is absolutely no cost to have your case evaluated, and we will be very upfront with you on whether or not you have a case. We promise not to string you along, or bill you by the hour. If you don't make a recovery, we don't make a recovery. That's why we only take the cases we think we can win and make a substantial recovery for you and your family.

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