Klumpke's palsy is an injury to a baby’s brachial plexus, a network of nerves running between the neck and the arm. The nerves may be torn, separated, compressed, or stretched during birth, preventing normal movement.
If a baby suffers a difficult delivery or is improperly handled, he may suffer damage to the lower brachial plexus, resulting in Klumpke’s paralysis. Stretching of the baby’s head and neck, or neuropraxia, is the most common cause of paralysis, but more severe injuries involve a tearing or scarring of the nerve fibers.
The good news is that neuropraxia is the most common type of brachial plexus injury, and that it is rare that your child will have lasting nerve damage. However, the symptoms can often be frightening to parents, and can include a limp or paralyzed arm on one side of the body, poor arm muscle control, or even a loss of sensation in the arm or hand. Some babies may even have an altered facial appearance, such as a drooping of the eyelid on the opposite side of the injury.
While many children recover from Klumpke's palsy a few months after birth, the injury may be a symptom of an underlying condition. Our attorneys can help you determine if your child’s Klumpke's palsy in Kentucky was due to malpractice during delivery.
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