Every prospective parent knows that there can be complications during childbirth. Parents usually count on the healthcare professionals on the birthing team to know what they are and perform with a high standard of medical care. However, there are times when physicians, nurses, or surgeons make mistakes during the labor process and this can lead to serious birth injuries for a child.
One of those serious injuries is brachial palsy, also known as Erb’s palsy. This birth injury can leave a child with lasting and permanent damage. At the Simpson Law Group, we are here to help when you need a San Diego brachial palsy birth injury attorney.
Brachial palsy occurs when the baby suffers from an injury to the brachial plexus group or nerves around their shoulder. There are a few ways in which Brachial palsy occurs during childbirth including:
One or two of every 1,000 babies born in the United States suffers from injuries to the brachial plexus nerves.
With Brachial palsy, the upper nerves of the brachial plexus are affected and this prevents the baby from being able to move the shoulder. They may, however, be able to move their fingers. When the baby’s upper and lower nerves are stretched, they can suffer from a more severe injury called global brachial plexus birth palsy.
With Brachial palsy, the baby will experience:
Most of the causes of Brachial palsy are natural. However, the person delivering the baby can also cause an injury if they misuse forceps or vacuum extraction tools during the delivery.
In many cases of Brachial palsy, a child will heal on their own without major medical intervention. The most common course of treatment is physical therapy both at home with their parents as well as in treatment centers. If there is little or no improvement after three to six months, surgery may be necessary for a nerve graft or a nerve transfer.
The recovery process for surgical intervention is slow because nerves recover slower than other parts of our body. In some cases, a child will suffer from lifelong effects of Brachial palsy.
If your child has experienced a birth injury that was due to the carelessness or negligence of a medical professional, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Simpson Law Group, we understand these cases and are ready to help you secure the compensation you deserve. This can include:
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