The brachial plexus is an important bundle of nerves that runs from the spinal cord into the arm. As these nerves control both sensation and movement for the majority of the arm from armpit to hand, damage to the brachial plexus can lead to a number of frustrating problems. Although there are a number of accidents that can lead to brachial plexus injuries, they can occur in childbirth if a delivery room doctor isn't careful about an infant's position during birth.
While brachial plexus injuries may be treatable in some cases, others can lead to permanent nerve damage. When these injuries are the result a doctor's negligence during birth, parents can take legal action and fight for compensation for their child's treatment costs. At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we can provide families in Connecticut with a powerful voice and meaningful legal assistance for their birth injury claim.
Consequences of Brachial Plexus Injuries
Excessive stress put on an infant's shoulders during birth may cause his or her nerves to stretch and even tear, potentially leaving the child with ongoing problems with mobility as well as sensation in the affected arm. Depending on the severity and location the injury, a child may experience the following difficulties:
- Pain or numbness
- Muscle weakness throughout the arm
- Loss of muscle control in the affected arm
- Full paralysis in the affected arm
- Unusual positioning of the arm or fingers due to nerve damage
Some victims of brachial plexus injuries may see success with physical and occupational therapy, while others may require surgery to repair the damages nerves. Unfortunately, though, not all of these injuries are completely repairable.
Contact a Brachial Plexus Injuries Lawyer in Connecticut
If your baby has sustained a brachial plexus injury because of medical negligence, there may be legal steps you can take to pursue compensation from the physician at fault for the costs associated with your child's treatment. For more information about your legal rights and options following a birth injury in Connecticut, contact a skilled lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin today by calling 860.322.5302.