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An Experienced Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Attorney Fighting For Pittsburgh Parents

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that stretches roughly between the chest and shoulder blade. It sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, hand and fingers.

An injury to the brachial plexus can leave a victim with permanent nerve damage, paralysis and severe medical conditions such as Erb’s palsy.

Brachial plexus injuries often occur during a difficult childbirth, such as when the baby is unusually large, there is a breech presentation or in the event of a prolonged labor. Such injuries can also occur during an emergency birth situation in which the baby must be delivered quickly and pulled from the birth canal by force. When the baby’s neck is stretched, the brachial plexus nerves can suffer damage or even tear.

When such birth complications arise, delivery room personnel must adhere to a strict set of protocols or risk injuring the child. When obstetricians and other medical professionals are negligent in their care, a child may be left with a severe medical condition, a lifetime of hardship and lost opportunities. The impacted families have the right to pursue legal action.

At John A. Caputo & Associates, P.C., in Pittsburgh, we stand up for children who have suffered due to brachial plexus injuries and other birth injuries. With decades of legal experience, medical malpractice lawyer John A. Caputo is prepared to protect your rights in this serious legal matter.

How Medical Malpractice Causes Brachial Plexus Injuries

As much as doctors are mandated to help ensure the safety of every patient, medical mistakes can happen. This is especially concerning during childbirth, where complications can arise quickly.

In some cases, a mishandled delivery process can lead to brachial plexus injuries, affecting the nerves that control the arm and hand. Some of the ways medical malpractice can lead to these devastating injuries include:

  • Improper use of force or excessive traction during a difficult delivery, particularly in shoulder dystocia, causes brachial plexus nerves to stretch or tear
  • Failure to monitor and respond to signs of fetal distress properly can necessitate emergency interventions that increase the risk of nerve injuries
  • Delayed or mismanaged delivery leads to prolonged compression or stretching of the brachial plexus nerves
  • Inadequate training or experience of healthcare professionals in handling complicated deliveries

Since these injuries can have a significant financial impact due to ongoing medical care and therapy needs, you have the legal right to seek legal interventions to protect your rights. Regardless of your injury, our birth injury lawyers can help ensure you get the compensation and support you need to provide the best possible care for your child by:

  • Investigating the real cause of the injury by working with healthcare professionals to review your child’s medical records and birth circumstances to determine if there were deviations from the accepted standard of care
  • Gathering evidence like medical records, witness testimonies from delivery room staff and consultations with medical experts in birth injuries
  • Seeking for fair compensation settlement that can cover your child’s medical expenses, ongoing therapy, potential future surgeries and any pain and suffering they endure
  • Filling a birth injury lawsuit if you cannot reach a fair settlement through negotiation

Seeking legal services is a viable legal route if you suspect medical malpractice may contribute to the injuries. These medical cases are complicated and can have long-term implications on your child, such as developmental delays.

We Know The Impact of These Injuries, Talk To Us Today

When you need to talk to an experienced attorney about your brachial plexus injury claim, we are here for you. Contact us today online or by telephone at 412-620-6361.