The brachial plexus is a network of nerves extending from the spinal cord, through the neck, over the first rib and into the armpit. The brachial plexus controls the arm’s entire movement and force on a baby’s head during birth can result in injured nerves and chronic arm paralysis. This is known as Erb’s Palsy, or Brachial Plexus Palsy.
Many cases heal as the child grows, but other more serious ones can lead to lifetime effects. A nerve root completely severed from the spinal cord will lead to permanent disabilities, including the loss of sensation and movement in the affected arm.
Stay on the lookout for possible symptoms, including arm weakness, or lack of arm movement. Evaluate your child’s prognosis: early physical treatment can improve the condition. In some more serious cases, loss of feeling and/or movement is lifelong – identifying the long-term effects can help your child better deal with the condition.
Unfortunately, brachial plexus injuries may be the result of birth trauma caused by medical negligence or malpractice. Law attorneys at Pegalis and Erickson, LLC can help you out.