Massachusetts Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer

A brachial plexus injury, also known as Erb's Palsy and Klumpke's palsy, is the result of a birth complication called shoulder dystocia. Brachial plexus palsy (shoulder dystocia) is a birth injury that occurs when a fetus' shoulders are too large for the birth canal and become trapped behind the pubic bone after delivery of the baby's head. This complication often results in a broken arm and strain of the nerves that travel through the neck, a condition called brachioplexus.

Unfortunately, brachial plexus palsy, Erb's Palsy and Klumpke's palsy are too often the result of medical mistakes by a doctor or nurse during the delivery and birth process. These medical mistakes are also known as medical malpractice because these conditions are often foreseeable and preventable.

Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak to a Massachusetts medical malpractice attorney. We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation by a personal injury lawyer
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Home and hospital visits

Medical Malpractice and Brachial Plexus Injuries

Examples of medical malpractice often resulting in a brachial plexus injury include:

  • A doctor's failure to recognize that the baby is too large for natural delivery and he/she doesn't elect to perform a caesarean birth (C-Section) instead
  • A doctor uses the wrong delivery method once the baby's shoulder becomes stuck behind the pelvic bone.

Common Types of Brachial Plexus Injuries

Common types of brachial plexus injuries include:

  • Erb's palsy, also known as brachial plexus palsy, occurs when birth trauma affects the nerves that supply the movement and feeling to shoulders and arms. This type of birth injury refers to damage in the upper plexus of the baby. The resulting paralysis can be either partial or complete.
  • Klumpke's palsy refers to damage in the lower plexus of the baby. Like Erb's palsy, Klumpke's palsy can lead to paralysis or weakness that comes from stretching the nerves during delivery. Children with Klumpke's palsy do not have full range of movement in their hands and wrists.

Brachial Plexus Warning Signs

In many birth injury cases, the Doctor's failure to anticipate and prevent shoulder dystocia is due to his/her failure to recognize early warning signs including:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Obesity in the mother or excessive weight gain during the pregnancy
  • Expectant mothers with a small pelvis
  • Mothers who previously gave birth to a large baby
  • Mothers in post-term pregnancy

Brachial Plexus Contributing Factors

Factors often associated with a brachial plexus birth injury include:

  • a heavy or large baby
  • prolonged labor
  • excessive force being used during delivery
  • breech birth (feet of baby or bottom of baby delivered first)

Three in 1,000 children suffer an injury to the brachial plexus as a result of a shoulder dystocia injury during the birth process. Too often, medical malpractice is to blame.


Contact a Brachial Plexus Injury Attorney

If your baby suffered some form of brachial plexus injury during birth in Massachusetts, call to schedule a free, no obligation consultation with our personal injury lawyers or contact Kelley Law Group today. Our team of qualified brachial plexus lawyers will closely examine your child's delivery processes to determine whether the birth injury was a result of medical malpractice.

Call us at 1-888-554-2889 to speak to a Massachusetts brachial plexus lawyer. We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Home and hospital visits

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