Brachial Plexus Palsy

Massachusetts Brachial Plexus Palsy, Birth Injury Lawyers – Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Brachial Plexus Palsy is a network of nerves, located just underneath the clavicle, that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder. If the brachial plexus is damaged during the labor and delivery process, it will cause arm weakness and loss of motion.  Brachial plexus injuries often occur during birth when excessive lateral traction is applied to the collarbone area.  Approximately 1 to 2 babies out of every one thousand deliveries suffer a brachial plexus injuries at birth.  Most infants will recover from brachial plexus palsy without any treatment within 3 to 4 months.  However, some more serious cases will require physical therapy or surgery.  In some children, the affected arm will be noticeably smaller because of the effect on the nerve growth.

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Four Types of Brachial Plexus Injuries

  • Neuropraxia: The most common type of bracial plexus palsy occurs when the stretch injury does not tear the never.
  • Rupture: A stretch injury that causes the nerve to be torn but not at the spinal cord, requires surgery and will not heal on its own.
  • Neuroma:  If the stretch injury creates scar tissue and presses on the remaining healthy nerve, neuroma can occur.
  • Avulsion: The most serious type of bracial plexus palsy is avulsion when the nerve is torn from the spinal cord which causes pain and loss of function in the arms, shoulders, and hands. Neuropathic pain can be treated with medication, but function can only be restored through surgical reattachment or nerve grafts.

Symptoms of Bracail Plexus Palsy

  • Weakness in one arm
  • Loss of feeling in one arm
  • Lack of muscle control in one arm, hand or wrist
  • Limp or partial paraylsis of one arm

Legal Help for Victims of Medical Malpractice

If your child or even yourself have been injured by a brachial plexus injury in Massachustts and feel it was the result of medical malpractice, Gilman Law LLP can assist you in bringing legal action to receive adequate compensation for any emotional and physical damages, medical expenses incurred and possibly list earnings. Please complete our free consultation form online or call us at (888) 252-0048.