Brachial Plexus Palsy Claims
Brachial plexus palsy is caused by damage to the network of nerves that run from the spinal cord across the shoulder and down the arms to the tips of the fingers and can potentially lead to partial paralysis of one or both arms. Injuries of this type predominantly occur during birth and may be the result of medical error. In such instances, being able to claim compensation for the impact of these mistakes is vital.
Contact us today to discuss your situation and to find out whether you may be in a position to make a brachial plexus injury compensation claim. Call us on 0800 014 7481 or complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back.
What is Brachial Plexus Palsy?
Brachial plexus palsy involves injury to the nerves of the brachial plexus, which control the muscles of the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers. Possible symptoms of a brachial plexus injury include a limp or paralyzed arm and lack of muscle control in the arm or hand. The three most common brachial plexus injuries are:
- Klumpke's Palsy
Paralysis of the seventh and eighth cervical and first thoracic nerves. Characteristic signs are that the hand is limp and the fingers do not move. There is often an associated Horner's Syndrome, which is when the eyelid droops, the cheek does not sweat and the pupil is smaller than the unaffected eye
- Complete Brachial Plexus Palsy
This occurs when all five nerves of the brachial plexus are affected. The entire arm is paralysed and there is often an associated Horner's Syndrome. Sensory loss in the arm is present and there may also be present Torticollis, which is when the baby faces toward his good side and is unable to face forward for any length of time
- Erbs Palsy
Paralysis of the fifth and sixth cervical nerves. Characteristic signs are that the arm is turned towards the body, the elbow does not bend and the hand is turned backwards in a 'waiter’s tip' position
Causes of Brachial Plexus Palsy
Brachial plexus injuries mainly occur during birth as a result of excessive traction or force being applied to the infant's head during delivery. This causes tension on the brachial plexus, which may stretch or rupture the nerves. Approximately two to three of every 1,000 newborn babies are affected by brachial plexus injuries and although many babies with brachial plexus palsy are larger than average at birth, a newborn baby of any size can be affected. Over 90% of these injuries are caused as a result of medical negligence and substantial compensation can be claimed from the healthcare provider.
If you believe your baby suffered from a brachial plexus injury as a result of negligence, you should get advice from a specialist solicitor as you may be legally entitled to compensation that could help you pay for treatment for your child.
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We are able to take many cases on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means there is absolutely no risk involved for the client. We can fight for justice on your behalf and secure the compensation the injured party needs to cope with their condition. Contact us using our online contact form or by calling 0800 014 7481.