Even in the modern era, labor and delivery are complex processes that present some risk to those involved in Columbus. One potential issue that arises is the brachial plexus injury, a birth complication that arises when the baby the mother is birthing is too large for her pelvis. The baby’s shoulder often becomes stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone once their head has already been delivered, a birthing condition known as shoulder dystocia. Birthing dystocia leads to brachial plexus injuries, which are characterized by damaged nerve in the arms. The delivering OB or physician must move quickly in order to avoid further complications like brachial palsy.
A network of nerves controlling movement in the fingers, hand, wrist, elbow, arm, and shoulder, damage to the brachial plexus can cause a wide array of issues in the baby depending upon the severity of the nerve damage. Some injuries might heal on their own within a few months of the birth. Others, however, could leave the baby with paralyzed or limp arms. The severity of the injury to the brachial plexus determines whether or not treatment requires surgery or physical therapy.
Obstetrical brachial plexus injuries that are particularly severe could leave infants with the need to undergo surgery in order to avoid permanent nerve damage. This injury must be treated quickly, which in turn means that the doctor must diagnose it immediately after birth.
Was your child’s brachial plexus palsy avoidable? If you believe that the injury was caused by medical neglect or malpractice, reach out to me today at 1-877.614.9524 serving clients throughout the state of Ohio, so we can talk about your case. I passionately represent my victims and “I’ll Make Them Pay!®” to ensure that your child receives the therapy and treatment they need to live a happy and full life.