Knowing When a Birth Injury Lawyer in Minneapolis, MN Can Help With a Baby’s Brachial Plexus Injury
Brachial plexus injuries are perhaps one of the most common birth injuries that a newborn can sustain during childbirth or shortly after. Not only are they common, but they are perhaps one of the most debilitating types of birth injuries. This is because it can leave newborns with permanent impairment of sensation, function, movement, or even a physical deformity. While there are times in which a brachial plexus injury is unable to be avoided, most brachial plexus injuries are entirely avoidable if proper care is provided by healthcare providers and other medical staff members. Far too often, newborns suffer a brachial plexus injury due to a medical provider’s negligent conduct. If your child suffered a brachial plexus birth injury, you should call our brachial plexus birth injury lawyers today to learn what compensation we may be able to recover for you.
Brachial Plexus Injuries Explained
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that originate in the spine and extend through the neck and down the arm to the fingertips. These nerves are responsible for movement, sensation, function, and overall development of the hand and arm. Brachial plexus injuries occur when there is trauma to the network of nerves, such as pulling, stretching, penetrating, or even separation of the nerves from the spinal cord. Impairment of the nerves can cause great impairment, which may be permanent.
The most common types of brachial plexus injuries include the following:
– Klumpke’s Palsy – Damage to the brachial plexus nerves causing weakness of the lower half arm. The weakness may be temporary or permanent.
– Shoulder Dystocia – Shoulder dystocia is actually a cause of a brachial plexus injury. Shoulder dystocia occurs when the shoulders of the baby are stuck inside of the mother’s pelvis.
– Erb’s Palsy – Babies with Erb’s palsy exhibit weakness in the upper half of the arm due to brachial plexus nerve damage. The weakness may be temporary or permanent, depending on the severity.
How Do Brachial Plexus Injuries Occur During Childbirth?
As mentioned above, brachial plexus injuries frequently occur during childbirth. However, just because they are common does not mean that they are unavoidable. The most common ways in which brachial plexus injuries occur include the following:
– Excessive pulling on the baby’s head neck or shoulders during delivery
– Use of excessive force while delivering the baby
– Improper use of labor extraction tools (i.e., forceps or vacuum extractor)
– Improper maneuvering of the newborn out of the birth canal or during a cesarean birth
– Other causes of brachial plexus injuries due to medical malpractice
Can I Recover Compensation for My Baby’s Brachial Plexus Injury?
If your baby suffered a brachial plexus injury, you may be able to recover compensation. This is why you should review your case for FREE with an experienced brachial plexus injury lawyer who can determine if your child’s brachial plexus injury was avoidable. Compensation for a brachial plexus injury may include the following:
– Pain and suffering
– Medical bill coverage, including any surgeries that may be needed to repair the brachial plexus injury
– Coverage for any special therapies that may be required, such as physical or occupational therapy
– Assistive devices for any impairments that the child has as a result of the brachial plexus injury
– Any other damages due to a brachial plexus injury
Was a Loved One Diagnosed with a Brachial Plexus Injury in Minneapolis, MN? Call Our Law Firm For Help
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, contact the Minneapolis, MN and Bend, Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
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