Brachial plexus injuries may have permanent effects on your child
Our Birth Injury Attorneys Fight for Babies and Families
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that travels down from the brain and spinal cord into the arms. Brachial plexus injuries are some of the most commonly reported birth injuries in the United States. Thousands of babies are diagnosed with brachial plexus injuries, and many suffer long-term effects because of them. If your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury, the Ohio birth injury attorneys at The Eisen Law Firm can help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
What Causes Brachial Plexus Injuries?
Although birth is a natural process, it is not without its own set of risks and dangers. There are many complications that may arise and result in serious injuries. The primary causes of brachial plexus injuries include:
Delivery of a large baby or a baby that is large relative to the size of the birth canal
Gestational diabetes in the mother
The baby’s neck muscles did not develop well before birth
Obesity in the mother
The baby’s shoulders become stuck in the birth canal
The baby was in a breech (feet-first) position in the birth canal
The use of tools, such as forceps or a vacuum
Excessive force used by a medical professional during the delivery
Force that is not excessive but is applied in an improper way
If these conditions were present during your baby’s birth and your baby suffered a brachial plexus injury, you should meet with an Ohio birth injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your claim.
The Signs of a Brachial Plexus Injury
Doctors perform a series of tests to determine if a baby has suffered a brachial plexus injury. The signs and symptoms of a brachial plexus injury include:
An uneven Moro reflex (the “startle” reflex in newborns)
Very little or a complete lack of movement on one side
The baby’s hand is held in a “claw” position
Irregular muscle contractions
The majority of babies with brachial plexus injuries make a full recovery within six months. However, if recovery is not achieved within six months, the odds of regaining full use of the affected limb are slim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Birth Injury claim?
There are deadlines in place that limit how much time is available to file a lawsuit. For birth injury claims, the deadline is one year past the injured child’s eighteenth birthday—therefore, the child’s nineteenth birthday. However, it is better to file a claim much sooner. Nineteen years after a claim, key witnesses may be more difficult to locate or may not remember the case at all, and it may be more difficult to locate important evidence. The more time that passes, the more difficult it becomes to pursue a claim.
Let our compassionate Ohio birth injury attorneys help your family
At The Eisen Law Firm, our birth injury attorneys are passionate about helping infants and families. We hold medical professionals accountable when they harm newborn babies and cause long-term complications. To schedule a free consultation with our firm, call 216-687-0900 or contact us online.