Chicago Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer
Brachial plexus injuries are also known as brachial plexus palsy, Erb’s palsy, or Klumpke’s palsy, all of which are complications of shoulder dystocia.
For any woman who is pregnant, you know those 9 months are long ones. You have much time to sit and ponder dreams and picture the perfect life with your little one. One thing you don’t expect is a complication in the delivery room and your sweet baby left with arm paralysis and severe nerve damage. And when this is a result of a doctor’s mistake which could have been avoided, it’s natural to feel anger. Your child has to suffer and go through many years of trauma and doctor’s visits, all due to poor planning and decision making from the medical professionals.
What is brachial plexus?
Brachial plexus injuries are also known as brachial plexus palsy, Erb’s palsy, or Klumpke’s palsy, all of which are complications of shoulder dystocia. In the birth canal, your baby’s shoulders are perpendicular to the floor, too wide to come through a narrow pelvis. Your doctor then has to use force and pull the infant’s delicate body out. The nerves between the neck and shoulder to the spinal cord are damaged, causing numbness and arm paralysis. This situation can be avoided completely by examining the risk factors beforehand such as a history of large babies, gestational diabetes, a small pelvis, excessive maternal weight gain and obesity.
Lasting life impairment at great cost to you
The damage due to brachial plexus can be significant and the pain associated intense. The nerve damage often causes inability to use the arm, a short and withered appearance, and/or discomfort and pain when using or stretching it. Basic functions become an incredibly arduous ordeal. Watching your precious child go through something like this is heart wrenching and the physical therapy, surgeries, and doctor’s visits over time will greatly affect your finances. Why should you and your child suffer due to a doctor’s poor judgment?