Oregon Arm Nerve Injuries to Babies: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains Brachial Plexus Injuries

Brachial Plexus Injuries and Oregon Medical Malpractice: Arm Nerve Injuries to Babies in Oregon


There are many worries that a family has when a newborn is being born.  Parents can conjure every scary scenario possible, especially first-time parents.  But one of those fears should not be arm nerve injuries, or brachial plexus injuries.  However, the unfortunate truth is that there are many arm nerve injuries caused by Oregon medical malpractice which result in serious, debilitating, and permanent injuries to a baby.  These brachial plexus injuries are serious and should be evaluated by a Portland or Bend medical malpractice lawyer.


What is the Brachial Plexus?


The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves originating from your cervical spine (neck) outwards towards your arm, elbow, and hand.  The nerves come off of the cervical spine in smaller strands and combine together at the base of the next and behind the collar bone in an area known as the inter scalene groove.  If you ever had someone come up behind you and massage or jab their fingers on your shoulders (really the area between the base of your neck and your shoulders), you know that shocking nerve pain/funny bone feeling is engagement of the brachial plexus.


This bundle of nerves travels into the shoulder girdle where it will then separate and combine, then recombine several times as it travels down the front of the shoulder, into the elbow, and into the hand.  This is a vital function because the brachial plexus, which separate to largely form the ulnar nerve, median nerve, and radial nerve (among other smaller sets of nerves), provide all of the sensory and motor abilities in the arm and hand, including fingers.


What Happens if the Brachial Plexus Suffers a Birth Injury?


When the brachial plexus is injured or suffers damage due to a birth injury, it can cause many hardships for a baby.  This includes when he or she becomes an adult.  This is because nerve injuries are difficult and do not always heal properly, or heal at all.  Even surgical intervention cannot repair brachial plexus nerve injuries.


When the brachial plexus is injured, it can result in loss of sensation to the entire arm or just parts of the arm.  Depending which nerve was injured (ulnar, median, radial), certain parts of the hand may be “shut off” and not work, but other parts may.  For instance, if the ulnar nerve was injured, the pinky finger and half of the ring finger and tip of the ring finger may not work.  But the other half of the ring finger, middle finger, index finger, and thumb may have full sensation and movement.  


For a really severe brachial plexus injury, all of these parts may be shut off and not sensing or able to move.  This could be due to Oregon medical malpractice.


Arm Nerve Injuries to Babies Are Serious.  Learn How Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help You


If your loved one suffered a brachial plexus injury, the pain may be intense or not at all—because there will be no feeling or ability to move at all.  This can result in horrific injuries and debilitating conditions for a person.  It could also be due to reckless, careless, and negligent conduct of a healthcare provider.


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