Georgia Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Attorneys - Montlick & Associates
A parent’s joy and excitement when meeting their newborn for the first time is unmatched. Unfortunately, a difficult delivery and resulting birth injuries can mar the heartwarming event and catapult new parents into a scary, confusing, and emotionally and financially taxing experience.
At Montlick & Associates, we understand that birth injuries are one of the most difficult situations a family can face. That is why our attorneys fight hard on behalf of our clients to protect their rights and obtain for them the maximum compensation they deserve. We navigate the legal complexities so your family can focus on caring for your child.
What is a Brachial Plexus Palsy (or Brachial Plexus Birth Injury)?
Also known as Erb’s Palsy, Brachial Plexus Palsy occurs when a newborn baby sustains an injury to the brachial plexus during delivery. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta estimates that this injury occurs in approximately 1 to 3 in every 1,000 births.
The brachial plexus is a network of nerves attached to the spinal cord that control movement and feeling to the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand. This nerve bundle, located in the neck, also controls the skin’s sensory function (such as temperature) for the upper limbs.
An injury to the brachial plexus can result from excessive stress or pressure on the nerves, the nerves being stretched to the point of injury, cut, damaged, or severed completely. In older children and adults, brachial plexus injuries usually stem from an intense impact, such as athletic injuries or motor vehicle accidents.
In the case of an infant, the injury is most commonly associated with trauma during delivery, but might not be recognized or properly diagnosed for weeks or even months into the child’s life.
For more than 38 years, Montlick & Associates has fought on behalf of Georgia families. Our knowledgeable attorneys work hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
What Causes a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury?
Medical providers are responsible for giving adequate care to children during labor and delivery, and immediately following the birth. However it is possible, especially during a difficult delivery, for medical providers to unintentionally cause harm to the brachial plexus.
The most common way that an infant sustains a brachial plexus birth injury is when a baby’s shoulders become trapped on the mother’s pelvis during delivery. In these cases, the medical provider has already delivered the infant’s head, and then turns the head to free the shoulders, stretching the brachial plexus and potentially causing the injury. It is also possible, but not as common, for an infant to sustain the injury during a caesarian section.
Montlick & Associates’ experienced attorneys work hard to get Georgia families the compensation they deserve as they navigate the needs of their new child. No parent should have to face the acute agony of seeing their child injured, but for those parents who do, Montlick & Associates is ready and prepared to protect their rights.
If you have suffered serious injury or lost a loved one because of a medical professional’s negligence, call Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, for your Free Consultation today. We can be reached by calling 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or by dialing #WIN (#946) from your cell phone for your free consultation. You can also contact us by visiting Montlick.com and by utilizing our Free 24-hour live chat service or by submitting a Free Case Evaluation Form available 24/7.
Signs of a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury
Often, a brachial plexus birth injury (“BPBI”) goes unnoticed for the first week or so of an infant’s life. A BPBI rarely affects both sides of the body.
A non-exhaustive list of signs of a brachial plexus birth injury in babies includes:
- A clearly weak single arm or hand
- Trouble controlling arm or hand muscles
- Seeming discomfort in the neck and shoulders
- Weakness in the hands or arms
- Pain or weakness in both arms
In many cases a brachial plexus birth injury can be treated with non-invasive techniques like physical therapy. However, in some instances, the injury might require surgery or other intensive treatments.
If an infant experiences this injury, it is critical for the baby to receive proper medical care. Delayed diagnosis or delayed treatment could result in lifelong damage to the affected limb. This damage includes loss of sensation, severe pain, weakness, or in some cases varying degrees of paralysis of the affected limb.
A birth injury or birth trauma to a child can lead to increased medical costs, a need for ongoing medical care, and extreme emotional hardship for families. Families of children with birth injuries should retain an attorney to tackle the complex legal issues at stake, so the family can focus on the child’s recovery.
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If your family has been affected by a brachial plexus birth injury, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today. For more than 38 years, our Birth Injury Attorneys have assisted individuals and families with brachial plexus birth injuries throughout Georgia. No matter where you are located, our attorneys are only a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us nationwide 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or simply dial #WIN (#946) from your mobile phone. You can also visit us online at Montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or Free 24-hour live chat.
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