Brachial plexus injuries are caused by excessive stretching, tearing, or other trauma to a network of nerves from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial plexus spinal cord injuries can occur in a baby during a difficult delivery.
Approximately three out of 1,000 infants are born with brachial plexus or similar nerve or spinal cord injuries each year. Most children suffering from brachial plexus injury will heal with little or no treatment, but 25 percent of birth injury cases will result in permanent damage. This can lead to a lifetime of spinal cord injuries including muscle contractions and permanent weakness or paralysis of the arm.
Treatment of a child’s brachial plexus injury may include physical or occupational therapy and sometimes surgery, which can be expensive.
Parents raising a child with brachial plexus or other spinal cord injuries sustained during delivery should not be left to bear the cost alone. Attorneys who focus on medical malpractice birth injuries can assist parents seeking compensation for medical expenses relating to birth injuries.
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