Helping You Understand Brachial Plexus Injuries
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that stretches roughly between the chest and shoulder blade. Its function is to send 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 serious 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 serious medical condition and 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.