Brachial Plexus Injuries Caused by Minneapolis Medical Malpractice

When Minnesota Medical Malpractice Causes a Brachial Plexus Injury, Call a Minneapolis Birth Injury Lawyer


Our firm is hosting birth injury week which is aimed to help educate families of the potential types of birth injuries and when there may be rights under Minnesota law to protect those rights.  One of the most painful and permanent injuries is a brachial plexus injury, but many families do not know about this injury or that it could be caused by medical malpractice.  Some may even believe that it is caused by a natural birth.  However, brachial plexus injuries can be caused by Minneapolis birth injury malpractice and should be investigated.


What is a Brachial Plexus Injury and Why is it Difficult to Determine Liability?


The brachial plexus is an intricate collection of interconnected nerves which connect your spine to your shoulders, arms, and hands.  These nerves, which originate from vertebra in your neck (specifically, C5 through T1), and run to your fingers, transfer signals from your brain and permit you to monitor and control movement of the connected muscles.  Injury to the brachial plexus nerves can manifest a variety of symptoms, including both stinging and/or burning sensations and total or partial loss of movement in arm.


It is difficult to determine whether a newborn child is suffering from a brachial plexus injury because of the nature of the injury.  Your child cannot yet communicate pain, numbness, or lack of sensation.  This difficult task is compounded in the event you suspect your newborn suffered a brachial plexus injury during childbirth. Often a brachial plexus injury suffered by a newborn during childbirth is the result of the negligence of a medical professional or hospital.  It remains a complex assessment whether a doctor or hospital acted in an improper manner, and whether those actions caused the injury.  If you believe your infant suffered a brachial plexus injury during childbirth, because of a doctor’s or hospital’s improper care and treatment during childbirth, consult a brachial plexus attorney today.


Causes of Brachial Plexus Injuries Due to Minneapolis Birth Injury Malpractice


Brachial plexus injuries can affect anyone as the result of a slip and fall, car accident, and/or athletic endeavor. When this nerve network is injured during childbirth, it is often caused by doctor’s use of excessive force in pulling on baby.  Specifically, when a baby becomes stuck in his or her mother’s birth canal due to shoulder dystocia or other birth complication, it is vital for the treating obstetrician to take emergency action to safely delivery the baby and protect the mother, avoiding serious injury or death.


Shoulder dystocia is a dangerous, and avoidable, condition where the infant’s shoulder is obstructed by a bone, such as the mother’s pelvic or pubic bone.  In this instance, while trying to deliver the baby, if the doctor pulls on the child’s body head, shoulders, or arms with too much force, the brachial plexus may be damaged.


Classifications of Brachial Plexus Injuries


The impact and extent of a brachial plexus injury will depend on the specific nature of the injury; more specifically, depending on the manner in which the nerve(s) are affected.


Avulsion – This is the most severe manner of injury.  An avulsion injury means the nerve has been disconnected from the spinal cord without hope of recovery.


Rupture – These injuries mean the nerve has been stretched and at least partially torn, but remains connected to the spinal cord.


Neurapraxia –  Neurapraxia injuries result from stretching or compression of the nerves.  This causes possible complications in signal transfer by the affected and surrounding nerves.  These are generally a more mild form of injury.


Axonotemesis – These injuries consist of severing of axons.  These are generally a moderate form of brachial plexus injury.


Neurotemesis – These injuries mean the nerve has been torn, but has not been separated from the spinal cord.  Nonetheless, this is a severe form of injury.


Neuroma – These injuries result from scar tissue or other growth which grows from a damaged nerve or axon (nerve ending).  The injury can be severe depending on the extent of nerve regeneration.


Does Your Child Have a Brachial Plexus Injury?  It May Have Been Caused by Minneapolis Medical Malpractice.  Call Us for a FREE Consultation to Learn if it Was


Brachial plexus injuries can be difficult to diagnose as medical malpractice or a natural complication of the birthing process.  However, a phone call to our firm is FREE and a consultation is FREE.   There is no risk to call Kuhlman Law, LLC, so please dial (612) 444-3374 to learn what your rights to compensation may be and to schedule your free appointment.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of your case and advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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