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Many injuries, including birth injuries, can cause damage to the nerves, resulting in severe pain or permanent disability, and can require the involvement of a personal injury attorney to gain proper compensation. One example of this type of nerve injury is a birth injury that occurs to the brachial plexus. A brachial plexus injury refers to the damaging of nerves connecting the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand. When those nerves are stretched or torn, communication from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand can be cut off, resulting in numbness, the inability to use your arm or fingers, lack of movement in the entire arm, paralysis, or extreme pain.
There are four types of brachial plexus injuries that vary in severity:
One of the most common causes of brachial plexus injuries is complications during the birthing process. During some births, the baby gets stuck in the birthing canal and extra force is needed to free the baby. If the force is improperly applied to baby’s shoulder, a brachial plexus injury can occur. In many cases, the brachial plexus injury can be prevented if the doctor or health care provider is willing to conduct an emergency caesarian section. Brachial plexus injury can also be prevented if the health care provider has been properly trained in how to safely dislodge the baby from the birth canal. If your child received a brachial plexus injury during birth and you believe it could have been avoided you should contact an attorney right away to investigate whether or not the doctor took all necessary precautions in the delivery in room and that the doctor was properly trained.
Although brachial plexus injury has a high rate of recovery, actions need to be taken immediately after the injury is sustained to make sure no permanent damage is caused. These actions can range from physical therapy to surgery, both of which can be costly. Some brachial plexus injuries can cause longer lasting problems, including stiff joints, chronic pain, numbness, degenerate muscles and permanent weakness or paralysis.
Seeking compensation for a brachial plexus injury can be extremely difficult. There is very little awareness of this injury and the treatments that are required to correct it and many families struggle to obtain coverage from insurance companies for treatment. If your child received a brachial plexus injury during birth and you’re looking to seek compensation to cover the costs, and you live in Washington, DC, Maryland or Northern Virginia, contact the attorneys at Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for a consultation. Our team is experienced and dedicated in helping those that are injured through no fault of their own to gain the compensation they need and deserve.