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How do brachial plexus injuries in newborns occur?

Expectant parents in Texas are typically very excited about the prospect of having a new baby. When birth injuries compromise the life and well-being of infants, these parents deserve answers. They need to know how the injury occurred. They need to know who is at fault for the injury. Perhaps most importantly, they need to know what they can do to improve the life of their baby going forward.

Brachial plexus injuries in newborns occur when the nerves providing muscle control and sensation in the fingers, hand, arm and shoulder are overly stretched. These injuries can occur for several reasons such as:

  • The baby is very large with wide shoulders
  • The mom's labor goes on for a long time
  • The baby is not in the correct position during birth

In some cases, the condition is unavoidable. However, there are a few instances in which brachial plexus injuries in newborns occur because of medical negligence. For example, if the physician pulls too forcefully in an attempt to dislodge the infant's shoulder, it could cause brachial plexus damage. Another way medical malpractice can cause or worsen these injuries is if the doctor does not diagnose the condition in a timely and accurate manner.

Fortunately, many brachial plexus injuries in newborns resolve with medical care, and in very mild cases, the injury may go away without treatment. In severe cases, medical treatment is a real necessity and may involve one or more surgeries, various rehabilitative therapies and nerve grafts. As you might expect, these treatments are very expensive.

This is why so many attorneys want to assist parents facing brachial plexus injuries in newborns. If you and your lawyer can prove that malpractice caused or contributed to your baby's injury, it is quite possible to acquire financial compensation that will pay for the treatment your infant needs.

Please consider reaching out for legal help if your baby suffers from brachial plexus injuries.

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