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Understanding brachial plexus injuries and its causes

Posted on November 25, 2014 2:34 pm under Medical Malpractice

Brachial plexus refers to a network of nerves that run from the spine to the upper limb. It is responsible for delivering signals from the brain to the arms and shoulders, giving the upper limb its ability to feel sensation and react to stimuli. However, there are instances when this set of nerves is destroyed, resulting in brachial plexus injuries.

Brachial plexus injury happens when the shoulder is forced away from the neck. Babies who were improperly pulled out of the birth canal during delivery suffer from a type of brachial plexus injury called Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy may also affect infants who have been compressed inside the birth canal for a significant amount of time. Sadly, brachial plexus injury among infants may sometimes be the result of medical error or negligence.

Unfortunately, brachial plexus injuries may cause weakness and immobility of the upper limb, limited functionality of the arms and shoulders, and pain or numbness in the affected area. If you believe a medical practitioner has been the cause of your baby’s brachial plexus, speak with an attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® to learn the possible legal actions that you may take against the party involved. Call our Appleton office at (414) 271-0900 today.