Brachial plexus injuries are among the most common types of birth injuries today. They affect the network of nerves that extends from the neck to the shoulder, arm and hand.
Brachial plexus injuries can be caused by a number of factors during the delivery process, including birth trauma or shoulder dystocia, where the baby’s shoulder gets stuck as it passes through the birth canal. If such complications arise from medical malpractice, parents may choose to file a birth injury lawsuit against hospital staff to pursue compensation for their child’s injuries.
Treatment for brachial plexus birth injuries can be costly and dependent on the severity of the injury and the type of trauma. Physical therapy is the primary treatment for most newborns before surgery is considered. As daily physical therapy can yield the best possible results, it often becomes a time-consuming process for parents to go through with their child. However, regular physical therapy is necessary for the normal functioning of bones, muscles and joints.
If there is no improvement by the time the child is three to six months old, surgery may be required to repair the damaged nerves or remove scar tissue.
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Although surgery can help a child who is not responding to physical therapy alone, it may not restore full function to the limb. Even with surgery, the child may need years of physical therapy or additional surgery later on. The consequences of brachial plexus injuries can last an entire lifetime, impacting the mobility of the limb and therefore daily activities.
It is important to note that determining fault can be more complicated than it might seem. If your child was injured and you believe someone else is fully or partially to blame, contact Chalik & Chalik to learn more about your rights.
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