Baltimore Birth Injury Attorneys: Brachial Plexus Injuries in Newborns May be Caused by NegligenceMay 20, 2013
The bundle of nerves around an infant’s shoulder can be damaged during delivery and can lead to a serious brachial plexus injury. This type of injury to your newborn can range from minor to severe.
The three types of brachial plexus injuries that can occur during delivery include the following:
- A brachial plexus injury that affects the upper arm
- Erb’s paralysis which affects the upper and lower arm
- Klumpke’s paralysis which affects the hand and may also cause an eyelid to droop
When the injury is caused by improper birthing techniques, parents may be able to seek compensation to help them with the costs of care for their newborn.
Signs to look for after the birth of your newborn include your child not moving the lower or upper hand or arm or an absence of the Moro reflex, an involuntary movement that occurs after stimulation.
Some factors that can increase the risk of a newborn having a brachial plexus injury include:
- A large baby. Sometimes the infants of diabetic mothers are larger than average
- Shoulder dystocia. When a delivery becomes difficult due to the newborn’s shoulder not passing with ease, brachial plexus injury can occur
- Breech delivery. Some babies are born feet first instead of head first, regardless of the physician’s efforts to manipulate the baby’s position
If you suspect that your child received a brachial plexus injury because of improper birthing techniques, do not hesitate to speak to the skilled Baltimore birth injury attorneys at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.. You only have a limited time to bring a lawsuit.