A brachial plexus injury is an injury to the bundle of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. It can occur during a difficult delivery when a baby’s chin is compressed against the walls of the birth canal. The injury can result in a condition known as Erb’s palsy.
If your child was born with a brachial plexus injury, the attorneys at Miller & Wagner, are ready to help you recover the compensation your child will need for the significant challenges your child will face. With offices in Pacific City and Portland, our lawyers represent families throughout Oregon and Washington. We offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions and explain your case.
Preventing Brachial Plexus Injuries in the Delivery Process
Physicians and delivery room staff are trained to monitor the birthing process and protect the fetus against the possibility of a shoulder brachial plexus injury. If your baby suffered traumatic nerve injury during the delivery process, your doctor and attending medical staff may be liable for negligence.
Brachial plexus injuries may occur when too much force is used during emergency extraction methods, such as forceps and vacuum extractors. The injury may be avoided through an emergency C-section.
Brachial plexus injuries can also occur in youth sports activities or accidents that cause a stretching of this important bundle of nerves.