Birth Injuries: Brachial Plexus Injuries

Washington, D.C. Birth Injury Lawyer

Brachial plexus injury refers to weakness or loss of movement of the arm, caused by damage to the collection of nerves in the shoulder area during birth. Brachial plexus injuries usually affect the upper arm, but other forms may affect different areas. Erb’s palsy affects the upper and lower arm, and Klumpke paralysis affects the hand. Breech deliveries, larger-than-average newborns, and doctor errors increase the risk of brachial plexus injury.

Brachial plexus birth injuries can result from:

  • The infant’s head and neck pulling toward one side as the shoulders move through the birth canal
  • Pressure on the infant’s raised arms during a feet-first (breech) delivery
  • Pulling on the infant’s shoulders during head-first delivery

Signs & Symptoms of Brachial Plexus Injury

Symptoms of this type of injury will show soon after birth. If you notice any of the following signs, your child may have suffered a birth-related brachial plexus injury:

  • The arm is bent at the elbow and is held against the body
  • The baby has a decreased grip on the injured side
  • There is no movement in the infant’s upper and lower arm or hand
  • Absence of Moro reflex (involuntary response to stimulation) on the affected side

In some cases, brachial plexus injuries can be attributed to doctor negligence, and depending on the circumstances, may be grounds for a medical malpractice case. Our team of D.C. birth injury attorneys can investigate your case to determine if any of the following doctor mistakes occurred at birth:

  • Failure to order a necessary cesarean section
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuums
  • Application of pressure to the mother’s abdomen during birth
  • Pulling and mishandling of the infant

Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case? Call Simeone & Miller, LLP to Find Out

If your baby was diagnosed with a brachial plexus birth injury, we encourage you to contact our firm as soon as possible to explore your options for legal recourse. Our experienced and award-winning team may be able to help you pursue maximum compensation for your child’s life-altering injury. You should not have to suffer for another’s negligence, especially when it comes to medical care.

To set up a free consultation with our nationally recognized firm, please call the Washington, D.C. medical malpractice lawyers at Simeone & Miller, LLP at (202) 888-0872.