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Brachial Plexus Injury

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Injuries to the brachial plexus (nerve fibers along the spine and neck) to newborn children can be very serious and have life-long consequences. That's why brachial plexus injuries are considered one of the most severe neonatal injuries.

Children with a brachial plexus injury often have physical problems, including:

  • Lack of muscle control
  • Little or no sensation in the shoulder or arms

There are several different types of brachial plexus injuries, including:

  • Erb's Palsy (severe tear of brachial plexus nerve)
  • Klumpke's Palsy (severe tear of lower brachial plexus nerve)
  • Neurapraxia (strain or tear of brachial plexus nerve)
  • Neuroma (scar tissue caused by brachial plexus tear)


There are many reasons why newborn babies sustain brachial plexus injuries. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Difficult labor and delivery
  • Breech delivery (baby born bottom first)
  • Larger than normal baby (macrosomia) (larger size makes birth more difficult)
  • Maternal diabetes (mother has diabetes)
  • Misuse of forceps and extractors during delivery

Prior to delivery, experienced physicians often observe warning signs that an unborn child could have a higher risk of sustaining a brachial plexus injury. In some cases, doctors perform a cesarean section (C-section) in order to avoid the risk of such an injury. Unfortunately, some doctors ignore such warning signs, resulting in a brachial plexus injury during a vaginal birth.

We Can Help

Effectively treating a brachial plexus injury in an infant requires extensive physical therapy or sometimes even surgical procedures. But even then, there's no guarantee that such treatments can undo the damage done by doctors and other medical professionals.

Worst of all, most medical professionals never admit they did something wrong. As a result, your family will likely have a difficult time obtaining the compensation you need for the long-term care and other services that your child will likely need.

Our experienced Atlanta brachial plexus injury attorneys at the Tyrone Law Firm, PC can help. We know what evidence to look for and what questions to ask. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies. If they don't cooperate, we're prepared to take them to court. And since we handle a small number of birth injury cases, you know that your child's injury will receive extensive attention. Find out how we can help you your family. Contact us.

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