Birth Injury - Brachial Plexus Injuries
When you’ve just been through the stressful and exciting process of childbirth, and something has gone wrong, it can be alarmingly disorienting. And when you and/or your child are injured due to a mistake that a medical professional in the delivery room made, it can be difficult to know what to do next.
One of the most common birth injuries that occur during delivery is what’s called a “brachial plexus injury.” The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves in one's shoulder that controls movement in the shoulder, arm, wrist, hand and fingers. When these nerves are injured during the delivery process, a baby may sustain debilitating injuries such as loss of nerve and muscle function.
Typically, a brachial plexus injury occurs during birth when a baby's shoulder becomes stuck on the mother's public bone during the birthing process, a complication known as shoulder dystocia. If a physician or nurse applies too much force while performing maneuvers to dislodge the baby, they risk stretching the child's brachial plexus nerves and causing injury. These injuries can also occur in a breech delivery when there is excessive pressure on the infant's neck and arms.
Levin & Perconti has successfully recovered medical malpractice settlements for Illinois victims of brachial plexus injuries. We can provide a free consultation to discuss your case to help you determine whether you have a potential birth injury claim and what your legal options are. If you or a loved one suffered a birth-related injury, contact the Chicago injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti at 312-332-2872 or 877-374-1417 or by completing our personal injury case evaluation form.Preventable Injuries
A brachial plexus injury is one of the most common birth injuries, occurring at a rate of two out of every 1,000 births. There are a number of risk factors for shoulder dystocia, including a mother's excessive weight gain or obesity during pregnancy, post-term delivery, gestational diabetes, a larger-than-average (macrosomic) baby, or a mother's previous delivery of a large baby. However, physicians can often foresee breech births and shoulder dystocias and take preventative measures to avoid brachial plexus injuries. A physician can also determine whether a baby is in a breech position prior to labor and delivery.
Many brachial plexus injuries heal without treatment. However, others can result in lifelong injury. They range in severity, and can lead to loss of movement or sensation, paralysis or disfigurement.Brachial Plexus Injury Attorneys
In many of the birth injury lawsuits we have handled, our clients have suffered severe brachial plexus injuries that prevent them from performing everyday tasks. If a birth injury occurs due to someone else's negligence, it is important for victims to be fairly compensated.
At Levin & Perconti, we have handled many birth-related cases, including representing victims of brachial plexus injuries. For example, our attorneys received a $6.71 verdict for a girl who suffered bilateral brachial plexus injuries when a medical resident applied excessive force to her body during a breech delivery. This force caused nerve damage and resulted in the loss of most of the movement and strength in her left arm.
If you need help with a birth-related injury, we are here to help. Contact us today so that we can get started and discuss your options.