Brachial plexus neurapraxia is the most common of the brachial plexus injuries (also known as Erb’s Palsy). The brachial plexus nerve is located on the right and left side of the neck between the neck and shoulder area. Injuries to this area usually happen during a difficult delivery when the baby’s neck muscles and nerves are stretched to the side.
Brachial plexus neurapraxia and other brachial plexus injuries usually result in loss of feeling and / or movement, and in some cases paralysis.
Brachial plexus injuries have four classifications, of which neurapraxia is just one:
Neurapraxia is the mildest of the brachial plexus injuries. Many cases of brachial plexus neurapraxia will clear up by themselves over a few months with no treatment needed. Babies with neurapraxia will need to be monitored very closely to make sure movement and feeling are returning. Even though it is considered mild, nerves affected by neurapraxia can sometimes scar. This scarring is a condition known as neuroma.
What causes neurapraxia?
- 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 that puts too much pressure on the infant’s raised arms
- Improper use of tools like vacuums or forceps
All of these causes can happen as a result of medical negligence, such as the doctor using excessive force when delivering the baby.
Neurapraxia and Medical Negligence
If your child’s birth injury was caused by medical negligence, a birth injury lawsuit can help ease some of the financial burden of caring for a child with Erb’s Palsy. A lawsuit may also help prevent a similar situation from happening to another family.
Sokolove Law has over 30 years of experience in birth injury law. Our Erb’s Palsy attorneys have helped many families whose child suffered a birth injury that resulted in Erb’s Palsy, brachial plexus palsy or another birth injury. All you have to do to start is pick up the phone and call us. There is no cost to you for us to represent you and your family in a birth injury lawsuit. Sokolove Law only gets paid if you receive money from your case.