Brachial Plexus Injuries
Birth Injury Lawyer in West Virginia
Brachial Plexus refers to the nerves that conduct signals from the spine
to the shoulder, arm and hand. There is an upper and lower set of nerves
in the Brachial Plexus. Birth injuries to the Brachial Plexus nerves can
occur at birth when there is a trauma to the infant's shoulder area,
such as when the baby gets caught on the mother's pelvic bone. Since
treatment may require immediate surgery and may also include prolonged
therapy, it is wise to consult an attorney right away.
When the Brachial Plexus nerves are damaged, there can be reduced motor
control to part of or the entire limb that these nerves are responsible
for controlling. The entire arm might be paralyzed or there could be an
absence of feeling in the arm or hand. The severity of damage to these
nerves can vary but it is generally classified in one of four ways. If
the nerve root is actually cut or detached, this is the most severe form
of damage and is called Avulsion. The classification of Rupture indicates
that there is a tear in the nerve but it is still attached to the spine.
There is a condition where the signal from the spine is interfered by a
nerve that is healed but has a scar tissue. This is known as Neuroma.
In the fourth classification, called Neuropraxia, the nerves are damaged
by being stretched but not torn. Birth injuries to the Brachial Plexus
nerves can result in Erb-Duchenne Palsy or Dejerine-Klumpkie Palsy. Erb-Duchenne
Palsy is a result of damage to the upper Brachial Plexus. For more information
on Erb-Duchenne Palsy, see
Erb's Palsy. Dejerine-Klumpkie Palsy involves damage to the upper Brachial Plexus
and results in the hand being stuck in a backwards position.
Treatment & Recourse
Whereas medical malpractice is not always the cause of Brachial Plexus
birth injuries, this can indeed be the case and should not be overlooked.
Treatments for this type of birth injury can include therapy and surgery
and may leave a person with a lifelong disability. It is important, therefore,
to contact a law firm that has experience in this type of birth injury.
The Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC is where you can contact a West Virginia
injury attorney with the right knowledge and skills to help you through
such an emotionally painful and trying situation. They have been in practice
since 1978 and have won over 125 verdicts and settlements over $1 Million.
Contact a West Virginia birth injury lawyer from our team today to learn more!