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Our Cody, Wyoming Law Firm Handles Brachial Plexus Birth Defects Lawsuits

Brachial plexus birth injuries occur in childbirth, when the nerves located between the baby’s shoulder and neck are damaged during the delivery procedure. Brachial plexus injuries are often preventable as they are caused by excessive traction being applied to deliver the baby when its shoulder is wedged behind the mother’s pubic bone (a condition called Shoulder Dystocia).

There are numerous types of brachial plexus birth injury. The most common include:

  • Avulsion – where the nerve is torn away from the spinal cord
  • Rupture – where the nerve is torn, but not separated from the spinal cord
  • Neuropraxia – the nerve is stretched but not torn
  • Neuroma – scar tissue forms and puts pressure on the nerve, usually as a result of stretch injuries

Brachial plexus birth injuries can usually be treated, although success and extent of recovery depends on the severity and type of injury. Mild injuries may resolve on their own within a few months. Severe injuries usually require surgery to reconnect torn nerves, and can result in a lifetime of disability. All cases require physical therapy to maximize recovery. As with most medical conditions, early detection and treatment is key, in order to maximize any chances of recovery.

Conditions linked to brachial plexus birth injuries

  • Erb’s Palsy – damage to the upper brachial plexus, affects use of shoulder and elbow
  • Klumpke’s Palsy – damage to the lower brachial plexus, affects use of the wrist and hand
  • Horner’s Syndrome – damage to facial nerves, affects eyelids and pupil dilation
  • Complete Palsy – damage to all of the nerves in the brachial plexus

Medical negligence and a failure to diagnose shoulder dystocia

Advances in modern medicine and obstetrics have made it possible for doctors to estimate the level of risk of shoulder dystocia during pregnancy and take proper preventative measure to guard against brachial plexsus birth injury. A failure to do so may give rise to a claim for medical malpractice.

Warning signs of Shoulder Dystocia

  • Maternal obesity
  • Above-normal weight gain during pregnancy
  • High pre-birth weight of the baby
  • Age of mother
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Short or small mother
  • Flat, contracted or exceptionally small pelvis
  • Abnormally long gestation period
  • Prolonged labor
  • Breech position

Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Preventable With C-Section Delivery

C-section delivery is the surest way to prevent brachial plexus and even when C-section delivery in not an option, there are several other things that doctors can do to prevent injuries. If your child has been diagnosed with brachial plexus injury and you believe the condition was caused by medical or obstetrical negligence, Simpson Kepler Edwards can help.

Experienced Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Lawyers

We have handled thousands of high-profile medical malpractice claims over the last 30 years, including recovery of millions of dollars in damages for children seriously injured as a result of medical negligence. Our team of medically qualified trial lawyers and nurse consultants are able to quickly and effectively evaluate your claim. As in all medical malpractice lawsuits, your time to file a claim is limited.

We work on a percentage fee basis. It costs our clients nothing out-of-pocket to move forward with their claim, as our fees are based on any settlement recovered.

Contact us today with your Wyoming Brachial Plexus Birth Injury questions. For a free consultation with one of our award-winning lawyers, call us at 307-527-7891 or email us.

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