Our Michigan birth injury lawyers represent children who have suffered a brachial plexus injury during childbirth. Brachial Plexus birth injury is a very serious condition and can be caused due to the negligence of the doctor, hospital, or nurse at the time of delivery. In fact, according to a recent report, approximate 1 to 2 babies in 1,000 suffer a Brachial Plexus injury at birth. Many of these are the result of preventable injuries.
A Brachial Plexus injury affects the nerves that control muscles in the shoulder, arm, or hand. A child who suffers from Brachial Plexus injury often experiences the following in his or her arm or shoulder:
- Permanent disability Muscle atrophy
- Loss of feeling
- Stiff joints
Brachial plexus is a combination of nerves that involves movements to your spinal cord, shoulders, arms, and hands. Injuring these nerves can be caused from injuries suffered in accidents, sports, but most commonly childbirth. During delivery, a baby’s shoulder can become stuck, also known as shoulder dystocia, and unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and other medical staff are negligent and use inappropriate techniques to get the shoulder unstuck. However, these negligent techniques, such as using excessive force to pull on the head can result in a Brachial Plexus injury to the newborn baby.
If your child suffered a Brachial Plexus injury it may have been caused by the negligent act of a doctor, nurse, hospital or medical staff during the delivery. A medical provider may be held liable for a Brachial Plexus injury for a number of reasons, including:
- Failing to recommend a C-section if there is sufficient risk of shoulder dystocia
- Applying excessive lateral traction to the baby’s neck if shoulder dystocia occurs during vaginal delivery
- Failing to determine that the baby’s shoulders are too large to fit through the birth canal
- Failing to properly estimate the weight of the baby
If you believe that your child’ s Brachial Plexus condition was caused by a medical error or mistake and want to know the truth once and for all, you should contact our law office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your birth injury case may be barred forever.
Call our top rated birth injury attorneys now at (800) 606-1717. We will represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no fees until we win or settle your case. Call today for your free, no obligation consultation!