Maybe you had gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, your stomach was abnormally large, and you worried about your baby being larger than normal. Your doctor told you there was nothing to worry about and did not recommend a c-section. Your labor was long. And when the baby’s head came out, the shoulder got stuck and the delivery room personnel began to panic.
The nurse may have jumped up on the bed and began pushing down on your upper stomach. And the doctor was simultaneously pulling on the baby’s head to try and get the baby delivered. Your child is finally born and one of his/her arms was floppy and not moving. The hospital personnel and pediatrician tell you it should be back to normal in a few weeks. But the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand do not recover. Or worse, the doctors tell you later that your child’s nerves were torn and surgery is needed. If you have experienced this scenario, your child’s injury may have been preventable.
Brachial plexus palsy is a diagnosis given to children who have suffered damage to their brachial plexus nerves. These nerves are located in the neck area that originate at the spine and travel down the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. When these nerves are stretched or torn during the delivery, it can lead to severe and permanent injury to the child’s shoulder, arm and hand.
I have represented many families in this situation and have helped them recover compensation from the physician or hospital when negligence can be proven. And I am ready to sit down and talk with you to see if I can help your child.