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Brachial Plexus Injuries During Childbirth

The brachial plexus is a nerve network that runs from the neck, through the shoulders, and into the arms, forearms, and hands. A brachial plexus injury, or BPI, occurs when these nerves are damaged in any way. Obstetric brachial plexus injuries, which occur during childbirth, are most common when there is difficulty delivering a baby’s shoulder. If the baby’s shoulder becomes caught behind the mother’s pubic bone, the brachial plexus nerves may stretch or tear. This can lead to loss of motion in the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand.

Did your child suffer a brachial plexus injury during birth? Your child may require immediate and long-term medical treatment and care, and this can quickly add up to thousands, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in ongoing costs. A New Mexico brachial plexus injury attorney at Tom Rhodes Law Firm can review your case to determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit against the doctor that handled your delivery. If negligence was involved, we can pursue compensation to provide for your child’s lifelong care.

Contact our offices at (505) 544-4088 for a free consultation.

Erb’s Palsy & Klumpke’s Palsy

During a difficult delivery, your doctor should identify the signs of shoulder dystocia (when the baby’s shoulder has become impacted with the pubic bone) and should take necessary steps to maneuver the baby into a position where he or she can be safely delivered. This is a complex situation that requires quick thinking and competence.

Negligence and substandard care can lead to serious brachial plexus injuries, including:

  • Erb’s palsy, which is caused by injury to the upper brachial plexus nerves and may lead to loss of motion in the shoulder area, also leading to difficulty flexing the elbow.
  • Klumpke’s palsy, which occurs when the lower brachial plexus nerves are injured, leading to a loss of motion in the hand and wrist.

Different types of obstetrical malpractice may lead to brachial plexus injuries, including a failure to recommend a C-section for a baby that is too large to pass through the birth canal, or improper management of shoulder dystocia. With our extensive birth trauma experience, our New Mexico birth injury lawyers can review your medical records and can talk to you about what occurred to determine if you received substandard care.

Call Tom Rhodes Law Firm today at (505) 544-4088.

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