Risks and Causes of Brachial Plexus Injuries to Babies: Oregon Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Brachial Plexus Injuries to Babies Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland & Bend Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


The brachial plexus is a very important bundle of nerves that you have likely never heard of.  Unless you or a loved one have a brachial plexus injury, that is.  While car accidents and some workplace accidents could cause a brachial plexus injury, when a brachial plexus occurs it may be more commonly due to Oregon medical malpractice and birth injuries.  This is because a brachial plexus injury can be caused to a newborn baby who suffers an injury from careless, reckless, and downright negligent conduct of a healthcare provider.  When this occurs, it could be very serious medical malpractice and victims should contact a Portland medical malpractice lawyer.


What is the Brachial Plexus?


The brachial plexus is the combination of nerves originating from your cervical spine (neck) in your interscalene groove at the base of your neck to your shoulder.  These nerves from multiple vertebrae in your neck combine together to form the brachial plexus and proceed to your shoulder.  They branch off into several main branches and extend down your arm, through your elbow, and into your fingers.  They are important nerves for sensation and movement.  If they are damaged, they can completely shut off everything in your arm and hand.


Risk Factors for Brachial Plexus Injuries


There are several risks factors for brachial plexus injuries.  This are both inherent to the delivery and due to staffing or medical conduct.  For instance, a newborn is more likely to sustain a brachial plexus injury in the “breech” position (feet first), if the baby is larger than normal (height and width/girth more so than weight, especially the shoulders, but weight matters), obesity of the mother, gestational diabetes, twins, or other complications or factors.


As for medical staffing and medical conduct, there can be some inherent risks factors which increase the risk of brachial plexus injuries such as due to residents/interns, use of midwife rather than doctor, use of family care/primary care physician rather than OB/GYN, inexperienced nursing staff, miscommunication by staff, understaffing, or other related issues.


Causes of Brachial Plexus Injuries


When a birth injury caused by Oregon medical malpractice results in a brachial plexus injury, it is usually due to pulling and yanking of a newborn’s arm, the shoulder being stuck in the birth canal, or the improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor.  When this occurs it can cause serious personal injury to a baby.  These injuries to the brachial plexus can be permanent and irreversible.

Oregon Brachial Plexus/Shoulder Dystocia Jury Trial Verdict

Brachial Plexus cases go to trial much more frequently than most medical malpractice cases.  We always prepare each case for trial and have received one of the largest multi-million dollar erb’s palsy verdicts in the country for our clients.

Victims of a Brachial Plexus Injury Should Call Our Bend & Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer


If you loved one has been born with a birth injury due to Oregon medical malpractice, please call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what rights to compensation you may have for a brachial plexus injury.  Our law firm handle cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located.  


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