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Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy Injuries

Steve Wagner

Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy (BPBP) is a condition inflicted on 1 to 3 out of every 1000 babies born, and it can result in serious tissue and nerve damage that often requires surgery. BPBP happens when a baby is pulled by the shoulders during a head-first delivery, or when a breech delivery is handled incorrectly and pressure is placed on the baby’s raised arm.

This pressure can sometimes damage the Brachial Plexus nerve group, resulting in the infant’s inability to maneuver their arm correctly, often leaving it bent at the elbow and held close to their body. Most babies will recover naturally between 3-6 months of life; however, a small group of Brachial Plexus victims will require additional medical assistance, and possibly surgery.

In some cases of Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy, nerve damage will be permanent. Complications may include abnormal muscle contractions and inadvertent tightening of the muscle groups in the shoulder and arm, as well as permanent, partial or total loss of function to the affected nerve group, which can cause paralysis or arm weakness.

If your child has been a victim of a Brachial Plexus or other delivery room injury due to a doctor’s negligence, contact the birth trauma attorneys of Wagner Reese today to assist in recovering damages for your family. We can help you recover compensation for medical bills, long-term care, pain and suffering, as well as loss of income. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information.


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