Nerve Injuries to a Baby’s Arm: Oregon Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyers

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Oregon Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyers Explain Nerve Injuries to a Baby’s Arm


A brachial plexus injury is a type of birth injury to the nerves of a baby’s arm.  This type of nerve injury can be mild and resolve on its own.  However, these nerve injuries to a baby’s arm could also be permanent and result in permanent disability to a child.  This means that a child could suffer a lifetime of disability due to a lack of sensation or motor function.  Sometimes brachial plexus injury injuries are incredibly painful because of neuromas or scar tissue on the nerves of the arm.  Our Oregon brachial plexus injury lawyers explain common nerve injuries to a baby’s arm result may be due to Oregon medical malpractice.


It is important for families to understand these important rights.  The reason is because most healthcare providers and doctors will not usually admit to causing a brachial plexus nerve injury.  This is because these types of injuries are devastating and can result in catastrophic harm.  Therefore, it is easier and better for a healthcare provider to blame natural and unavoidable consequences rather than reckless errors.  But families should know the warning signs of brachial plexus nerve injuries so they can protect their child’s rights.


What is a Brachial Plexus Injury?


The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves which is comprised of the nerves coming off the spinal cord in the neck region of the spine.  These nerves come down the neck and combine at the base of the neck forming the brachial plexus.  The brachial plexus then continues to the shoulder girdle where it begins to separate into different nerve branches as it continues down the arm.  These nerves combine and recombine several times as they go down the arm to the fingertips.  A brachial plexus injury is any damage to that bundle of nerves before it begins to travel down the arm.


How are Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries Caused?


There are many different ways that brachial plexus nerve injuries may be caused.  Not all ways are due to Oregon medical malpractice.  For instances, victims of a trucking accident may suffer brachial plexus nerve injuries.  Others injuries in a criminal assault may suffer damage to the brachial plexus.  Even athletes such as baseball players or quarterbacks may suffer brachial plexus nerve injuries.


However, the most common cause of brachial plexus nerve injuries in babies is due to medical malpractice.  This is because Oregon birth injuries may be caused by a doctor during the labor and delivery process.  The birthing process is very chaotic, especially when healthcare providers fail to properly monitor the mother or baby and an emergency arises.  Some of the most common causes of brachial plexus nerve injuries include the following:


  • Yanking, pulling, or otherwise grabbing a baby’s arm to help him or her down the birth canal
  • Shoulder dystocia 
  • Delays in performing a c-section
  • Mishandling of the baby
  • Large baby due to gestational diabetes which makes it more difficult to go through the birth canal
  • Small pelvis of the mother which makes it harder for the baby to come down the birth canal
  • Breech position or feet first
  • Improper use of extraction tools such as forceps or vacuum extraction, 
  • Inexperienced physician and nursing staff, and
  • Many other common causes.


Types of Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries: Oregon Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyers


There are several different types of nerve injuries to a baby’s arm which our Oregon brachial plexus injury lawyers may handle.  Some of the most common types of nerve injuries include the following:


  • Neuropraxia – when the nerves are stretched and suffer injury such as micro tears in the actual nerves
  • Neuroma – when the nerves are stretched even further and scar tissue begins to form to heal the damage done.
  • Rupture – when the nerve is torn in half in any part of the arm
  • Avulsion – when the nerve root is torn out of the spinal cord and the entire nerve branch is separated from the spinal cord; this is the most severe type of brachial plexus nerve injury
  • And other types of nerve injuries that are more specific to the damage done.


Victims Who Have a Child Who Has Suffered an Arm Nerve Injury Should Call our Oregon Brachial Plexus Nerve Injury Lawyers


Brachial plexus nerve injuries are very serious types of Oregon birth injuries which our lawyers may be able to help your loved one.  We have a proven track record of success handling these types of serious birth injury cases.  Learn how we may be able to help you with a free consultation from our lawyer.  There is no risk to get started with our law firm because we only get paid once you get paid—no money upfront!


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


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