Brachial plexus neuroma is a form of Erb’s Palsy. Erb’s Palsy is a birth injury that causes damage to the nerves that connect the neck to the shoulder and arm. The injury usually results in loss of feeling and movement. Sometimes it can even cause paralysis.
The brachial plexus nerve is located on the right and left side of the neck between the neck and shoulder area.
Brachial plexus injuries have four classifications, of which brachial plexus neuroma is just one. They are listed from mildest to most severe:
- Bracial plexus stretch (Neurapraxia)
- Brachial plexus neuroma
- Brachial plexus rupture
- Brachial plexus avulsion
Brachial plexus neuroma occurs when scar tissue forms on the nerve as it heals. This prevents the nerve from conducting signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand.
While a brachial plexus stretch (neurapraxia) injury is mildest of the Erb’s Palsy injuries and may heal on its own with no treatment, it may also develop into a brachial plexus neuroma as the nerve is healing.
What causes brachial plexus neuroma injuries?
- The infant's head and neck pulling toward the side as the shoulders pass through the birth canal
- Pulling the infant’s shoulders during a head-first delivery
- Pulling on the infant’s feet during a feet-first (breech) delivery, which puts too much pressure on the infant’s raised arms
All of these causes can happen as a result of medical negligence, such as the doctor using excessive force or the improper use of delivery tools like vacuum and forceps when delivering the baby.
The Cost of Erb’s Palsy for a Family
The total costs associated with Erb’s Palsy vary widely depending on the severity of the nerve injury. Some cases of brachial plexus neuroma lead to invasive surgeries, which incur tremendous costs both financially and emotionally. Without help, the cost of these treatments can often be more than a family can afford. An Erb’s Palsy lawsuit can result in a settlement that will help to ease this financial burden. An experienced attorney at Sokolove Law can help. You can speak with a nurse case manager to discuss the particular details of your child’s birth injury. The consultation is free.
Filing a birth injury lawsuit costs you nothing. We only receive a fee if we win the case on your behalf, awarding your family the compensation you need and deserve.