The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that runs from the spine to the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. While adults may suffer a brachial plexus injury during a traffic accident or fall, newborn babies can have their brachial plexus stretched, damaged, or torn during the birthing process. 

How do brachial plexus birth injuries happen? In some cases, these nerves can be damaged due to a large baby, a small or misshapen pelvis, a mother of short stature, or a mother suffering from gestational diabetes. In other cases, babies are injured because of the excessive use of force during delivery that pulls the baby’s head away from its shoulders. For example, a medical professional such as a doctor, nurse, or midwife may pull on the baby’s head or misuse a vacuum or forceps. If your baby suffered brachial plexus nerve damage and related injuries due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital, you may wish to fight for compensation.

Although some brachial plexus birth injuries heal over time, others can have long-term consequences or result in lifelong disabilities. Some children require surgery to repair the damage. Complications include:

  • Loss of function in the arm, hands, and fingers
  • Tightness and rigidity in the arm and hand
  • Tingling
  • Arm and hand weakness
  • And arm paralysis

To request a free case evaluation by an experienced Kentucky birth injury attorney, call Gray & White today. We are here to help.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law