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Risks associated with brachial plexus injuries

On Behalf of | May 21, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Whether you are trying to deal with the aftermath of a birth injury caused by a physician’s negligence or you worry about the possibility of complications during the birthing process, birth trauma can generate intense emotions. Sadly, many things can go wrong during delivery, and the consequences can have a devastating impact on newborns as well as their families.

Each year, many newborns face serious consequences as a result of brachial plexus injuries, which can occur for a host of reasons.

An overview of brachial plexus injuries

According to MedlinePlus, brachial plexus injuries involve damage to a network of nerves near the shoulder. This damage can result in arm weakness as well as physical pain and an inability to move the arm, shoulder or hand. Sometimes, newborns who suffer these injuries have the ability to recover, but you should realize that some cases may lead to permanent damage.

Brachial plexus risk factors

Brachial plexus injuries can take place for a number of reasons, such as complicated delivery or compression while a child is in the womb. If the mother is obese, the newborn is larger than usual or there is a breeched delivery, this can increase the chances of a brachial plexus injury.

In some instances, a physician’s negligence can play a role in these injuries. For example, if your child suffered a brachial plexus injury after your physician failed to notice warning signs or used excessive force during the delivery, you need to immediately look at the details of what occurred and review your options.

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