What Happens After a Brachial Plexus Injury: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Understanding Brachial Plexus Injuries from our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers


Brachial plexus injuries are a common type of birth injury which could result in serious pain and suffering, prolonged disability, and even permanent disability for a young child.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers know that a brachial plexus injury is also usually due to the medical negligence or malpractice of a healthcare provider.  This is because brachial plexus injuries are usually avoidable with the proper degree of care and treatment that a mother and baby deserve during the child birthing process.  


While a brachial plexus injury could be caused by the negligence of a healthcare provider, it can also be caused by a natural consequence of the birthing process.  Although, most times when a brachial plexus is caused by the natural birthing process it could have been avoided with the proper care and treatment that is required of a healthcare provider.  This includes using the appropriate diagnostic testing to identify and evaluate potential risks.  Therefore, even if it was a “natural consequence,” most times that natural consequence could have been avoided with the proper care and treatment of a physician.  The failure to do so could be negligence.


But a doctor or healthcare provider usually will not tell you that the brachial plexus injury your child suffered from was due to negligence.  Rather, a healthcare provider will almost always blame the natural consequence theory.  Some will even lie to you, especially when they know that the damages are great.  This is why victims should always ask our Portland birth injury lawyers for help with their case for a FREE investigation to see what happened and who is at fault.


Causes of Brachial Plexus Injuries During Birthing


The most common causes of brachial plexus injuries are during the labor and delivery process.  This means that a loved one is injured during this very traumatic time.  Brachial plexus injuries can be very damaging and devastating because they can be permanent.  Some of the most common causes of these permanent brachial plexus injuries during birth include the following:


  • Pulling on a baby’s arm too hard
  • Twisting on a baby’s arm, including turning it too far
  • A baby’s shoulder’s or head being caught in the birth canal
  • Excessive use of forceps
  • Improper or excessive use of vacuum extractor
  • Failing to monitor the size of the baby against the side of the mother’s pelvis
  • Delays in c-sections
  • Improper manipulation of the baby in the birth canal
  • Not clearing the baby’s head and neck from the pelvis while pulling on the baby’s arm
  • Improperly handling the baby after birth, and
  • Many other common causes.

Treatment for Brachial Plexus Injuries


Some brachial plexus injuries are mild and will resolve on their own.  Some parents may not even notice the damage.  However, other brachial plexus injuries could be significant.  This includes a complete avulsion or separation of the nerve from the spinal cord.  Other injuries could be a rupture or tear in the nerve which severs the nerve completely.  Surgical repairs are necessary and usually immediately to reconnect the nerves.  Unfortunately, sometimes these nerves cannot be so easily reconnected.  This means that a person my suffer permanent damage and injury for the rest of his or her life.


Other times some treatment could be used to help.  This includes occupational therapy and physical therapy to build strength and dexterity.  Other times the use of water or wave therapy could also help build strength and endurance.  Some brachial plexus injuries can therefore be mitigated with some treatment.


However, it is important to note that avulsions and ruptures may never heal even with surgery and with the best treatment or physical therapy.  Indeed, these injuries are likely permanent and disability for the rest of a child’s life.


Prognosis for Birth Injury Victims


Victims who have suffered a brachial plexus injury have varying prognosis depending on the type of injury.  If their injury is an avulsion or rupture, it is very likely that the prognosis will be poorer.  They are more likely to suffer serious disability.  Some serious and catastrophic cases are going to result in no movement to the arm.  Whereas other cases may result in limited sensation.  Other times, victims may have a neuroma or repaired injury which brings mostly restored function but weakness and some decreased sensation.  These individuals will still have a significant case against a negligent doctor or hospital.


Ask Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help With Brachial Plexus Injury Cases


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. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  


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