Has Your Baby Suffered A Brachial Plexus Injury?

Brachial plexus injuries occur when the nerves that control signals from the spine, shoulder, arm and hand are damaged. Brachial plexus injuries in infants are the result of birth trauma, when the baby's shoulder is caught on the mother's pelvis and is stretched as it passes through the birth canal. The severity of a brachial plexus injury depends of the extent of nerve damage, but can cause complete or partial paralysis.

Supporting families whose children received substandard medical care

Although the exact number of brachial plexus injuries that occur every year is unknown, United Brachial Plexus Network Inc. estimates that there are about five injuries per 1,000 births. If your baby is one of the unlucky ones who suffered nerve damage and developed a brachial plexus injury because of a medical provider's negligence, you need a Dayton brachial plexus lawyer at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., who has experience handling these types of medical malpractice claims.

For over 50 years, the Dayton medical malpractice lawyers at Elk & Elk have been helping families get the compensation they need to care for children with brachial plexus injuries. To schedule your free consultation, call 937-353-4305 or contact us online.

Examples of brachial plexus injuries we have handled

At Elk & Elk, our attorneys have experience handling four of the most common kinds of brachial plexus injuries:

  • Neuropraxia: The most common type, in which the nerve has been stretched or damaged, but not torn.
  • Neuroma: The nerve tore and healed, but scar tissue formed on the injured nerve. The scarring caused pressure and prevented the nerve from carrying signals to the muscles.
  • Rupture: The nerve is torn, but not from the spinal cord attachment.
  • Avulsion: The most severe brachial plexus injury, in which the nerve is torn from the spine. A droopy eyelid may suggest an avulsion of the lower brachial plexus, also called Horner's syndrome

Paralysis is just one symptom of brachial plexus. Other symptoms include lack of muscle control in the hand, wrist or arm and lack of sensation or feeling in the arm or hand. Some brachial plexus injuries heal on their own, but others require months of special treatment and care such as physical therapy. Serious cases may require surgery.  Neurology, neurosurgery and orthopedics can help improve recovery by providing therapy, nerve grafting and tendon transfers.

Winning multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts

Elk & Elk has achieved some $500 million in results for our clients over the past decade, and you can depend on our team of attorneys, nurses and other medical experts to tirelessly pursue justice for your case. Our law firm has over 50 years of experience helping families pursue medical malpractice claims. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing up front. In fact, in most cases you owe us nothing unless we achieve compensation for your case.

Talk to a lawyer if your child suffered a brachial plexus injury

You can reach us 24/7/365. If a doctor or other medical caregiver caused your child's brachial plexus injury, contact us any time to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 1-800 ELK-OHIO for a free case assessment. Be sure to ask to ask about our no fee promise.