Atlanta Brachial Plexus Injury Attorneys
One of the major concerns of shoulder dystocia and breech births is damage to the baby’s upper brachial plexus nerves. These nerves supply the sensory and motor components of the shoulder, arm, and hands. When these nerves are damaged during the delivery process, a baby may suffer debilitating injuries.
Brachial plexus injuries often occur when a baby’s shoulder is lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone during delivery. The baby’s brachial plexus nerves may be damaged if the medical staff applies excessive tension to the baby’s head and neck in an attempt to dislodge the baby’s shoulder from the mother’s pubic bone. This excessive tension can stretch or even tear the nerve roots out from the baby’s spinal column. If the baby’s nerve roots are completely torn, the baby’s shoulder, arm, and hand may be totally dysfunctional.
Brachial Plexus Injuries Are Often Preventable
A mother’s medical team can often predict and prevent shoulder dystocia from occurring during labor and delivery by being acutely aware of the risk factors normally associated with the dystocia.
These risk factors include:
- Mother’s gestational diabetes
- Large (macrosomic) baby
- Excessive weight gain or obesity during pregnancy
- Mother who has a prior history of having large babies
If these risk factors are present, the standard of care may require the physician to perform a c-section.
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Brachial plexus injuries range in severity. While mild brachial plexus injuries may heal on their own, more severe injuries can lead to loss of movement or sensation in the baby’s arm, paralysis, or even disfigurement. If your child suffered a brachial plexus injury at birth, the Atlanta birth injury lawyers at The Mabrey Firm can help you determine whether you have a valid birth injury claim. If your child’s birth injury occurred as a result of someone else’s negligence, your child should be fairly compensated for that injury. Call now to learn how we can help.
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