During the process of labor and delivery, and the months leading up to the delivery, doctors and nurses are to monitor the mother and the baby closely to prevent any complications. Doctors who fail to check the progress and the position of the baby could cause serious injury during delivery. One birth injury in particular, brachial plexus palsy, is preventable and caused by the negligence of doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel.
The Brachial Plexus is the collection of nerves originating in the neck and running along the spine. It controls movement and sensation to the hands, arms, and shoulders. Stretching, compressing, and/or tearing these nerves can cause an injury to the brachial plexus. Trauma to the head, neck, and shoulder area, and pulling the head away from the shoulders can stretch or tear the nerves causing a brachial plexus injury. During birth, if the doctor fails to recognize the position of the baby or the size of the baby, the baby could become lodged in the birthing canal making the delivery difficult. Doctors may pull aggressively on the baby's head, pulling it away from its' shoulders or use tongs or vacuums excessively which could also cause brachial plexus palsy.
Medical personnel are often faced with making critical decisions with little reaction time. Doctors have stressful jobs and are under pressure to make the correct decisions in emergency situations. However, doctors who follow proper guidelines regarding the prenatal care of their patients should be able to make the right decision during delivery. Families with children who sustained a brachial plexus birth injury should contact a medical malpractice attorney for a full assessment of their case in order to recover the maximum compensation for medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
The personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are experienced with medical malpractice claims and can help you or someone you know who has been injured in a medical malpractice case. We have a track record of recovering millions of dollars due to accidents and helping clients recover from their traumatic experience. Our personal injury attorneys are licensed in Missouri and Illinois. We have logged thousands of hours on the phone with insurance companies and recovered millions of dollars for medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. We have over 95 years of combined experience. Please contact us at (314) 300-3000 or (800) 391-4318 for a no-obligation assessment of your potential medical malpractice case.