Baltimore Brachial Plexus Lawyer
Fighting for Your Rights After a Serious Birth Injury in Maryland
Infants are extremely vulnerable and one of the most common injuries sustained they can sustain at birth is a brachial plexus injury. In the most severe cases, a brachial plexus injury results in permanent paralysis of the arm--making it one of the most catastrophic birth injuries. If your child has suffered a brachial plexus injury and you fear it is because of the negligence of a medical professional, look no further than Brown & Barron, LLC. Our Baltimore brachial plexus lawyers will treat your case with the urgency, compassion, and dedication it requires.
Call (410) 698-1717 today to arrange a free consultation with our experienced legal team.
What is a Brachial Plexus Injury?
Primarily affecting the baby’s nerves in his or her shoulder, arm, wrist, hand, fingers and spine, this injury occurs when these vital nerves are stretched, compressed, or torn from their roots. Victims of a brachial plexus injury will encounter a lifetime of physical and emotional challenges and difficulties, including a number of repair surgeries and associated hospitalizations, as well as lengthy rehabilitation efforts involving various treatments and therapies.
There are three different types of brachial plexus injuries:
- Stretch (Neuropraxia): With this type of brachial plexus injury, the nerve is mildly stretched and has a good chance of healing on its own or with the aid of simple, nonsurgical treatment methods.
- Rupture: This brachial plexus injury occurs when the nerve is forcefully stretched, causing it to partially tear and completely separate. These types of injuries can sometimes be repaired with surgery.
- Avulsion: This is more severe form of brachial plexus injury, where the nerve root has been torn out of spinal cord. Because of the severe damage, this type of injury may not be repairable with surgery.
Why Do Brachial Plexus Injuries Happen?
Brachial plexus injuries are complicated to treat and generally occur due to negligence, excessive force, or carelessness during the labor and delivery process. Brachial plexus injuries may also be due to a lack of fetal monitoring during the course of labor and delivery, as well as the improper use of forceps or a vacuum.
Doctors should be aware of common brachial plexus risk factors, including:
- Shoulder dystocia: Where the baby's shoulder becomes stuck or restricted by the mother's pelvis.
- Gestational diabetes
- Large infant head or body
- Prolonged labor
- Mother who has a history of difficult delivery
Unfortunately, over half of all brachial plexus birth injuries have no known risk factors.
Did Medical Negligence Cause Your Baby's Brachial Plexus Injury?
Doctors and nurses who fail to provide the appropriate standard of pregnancy-related care can generally be held responsible for avoidable birth injuries, including damage to the brachial plexus.
The following actions or inactions are examples of malpractice that can cause a brachial plexus injury:
- Using excess force to correct shoulder dystocia.
- Failure to recommend a C-section.
- Incorrect use of birth tools like vacuums and forceps.
- Failure to diagnose or treat a prenatal condition.
Our legal team can investigate the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth injury in detail, ensuring that we get all of the information necessary to hold at-fault party responsible for their negligent treatment and care.
Contact Our Baltimore Brachial Plexus Lawyers Today
At Brown & Barron, LLC, we refuse to sit back and do nothing while your child continues to suffer from an entirely preventable injury. Instead, our Baltimore brachial plexus injury attorneys want to do everything possible to ensure that you and your child receive the necessary compensation--whether it be for costly medical bills, surgeries, or rehabilitation, or for the mental and emotional distress of undergoing such an arduous experience. We won’t give up on you or your child’s rights.
“Brown & Barron provided efficient, straight-up, and straightforward services in my medical malpractice case”- D. D.
“The best professional experience I have ever been a part of.”- Darius L.
“Working with this law firm gave me confidence and comfort during an emotional and difficult time.”- A.L.