Bracial Plexus Injury (Nerve Damage)

Seeking justice for brachial plexus birth injury

When a doctor uses forceps and unusual force to extract a baby, there is a chance of a birth injury called brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that sends signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand. Seriousness of the birth injury varies, depending on whether the nerve is damaged (neuropraxia), torn (rupture) or torn from the spine (avulsion).

It is important to establish the existence and cause of brachial plexus so that medical treatment (both neurosurgery and physical therapy) can begin. At Lommen Abdo, our birth injury lawyers work with physicians nationwide to determine the cause of a brachial plexus injury.

  • Surgery is used to repair damaged nerves that did not heal themselves and more surgery is used later, when the child is older, to make any additional repairs.
  • Physical therapy that includes parental involvement helps strengthen enervated muscles and helps the child cope with everyday challenges.
  • Erb–Duchene (Erb’s) palsy refers to paralysis of the upper brachial plexus. Dejerine–Klumke (Klumke’s) palsy refers to paralysis of the lower brachial plexus.
  • In many cases, the chance of injury should have been diagnosed during pregnancy and steps should have been taken to avoid injury.

Talk to a lawyer who understands the science of a brachial plexus injury.

At Lommen Abdo, our birth injury attorneys have the compassion and experience to help you find the answers you need and obtain the financial compensation to help your child reach maximum potential. Call 612.255.6576 or send an email for a free consultation. Our attorneys represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin.