The brachial plexus is a network of interwoven nerves that control movement and sensation in the arms and hands. It begins with nerve roots at the spinal cord in the neck and extends through the arm pit. The nerves branch out from there and continue down the arm, hand and fingers.
A traumatic injury to these nerves typically involves sudden physical forces as seen during childbirth or commonly in a motorcycle accident. These injuries cause pain, weakness, loss of feeling or loss of movement in the shoulder, arm or hand.
During childbirth, a brachial plexus injury can occur if the baby’s neck is stretched to a degree that causes physical damage to the nerves.
Surgery to repair brachial plexus nerves needs to occur within six months or so after the injury is sustained. Later than that and the success rate for the procedure goes down. Full recovery, if that happens, can take several years because nerve tissue grows slowly.
Severe brachial plexus injuries can leave the arm paralyzed with a loss of function and sensation.
Pursing a Legal Claim for a Brachial Plexus Injury
When the injury that occurred was a result of someone else’s negligence, then the law prescribes remedies for the victims in recovering their damages for medical care costs (past and future), lost wages (past and future), pain, psychological support, loss of consortium and loss of enjoyment of life.
However, the burden of proof rests with the plaintiff and an experienced legal advocate is critical to successfully pursue a claim for full compensation. Our firm treats its client like family. We rigorously investigate the case, filing a lawsuit, developing the evidence, discovery of documents, employing top experts in their fields, taking of sworn depositions, mediation, and if necessary, a trial in a court of law.
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