Experienced Oklahoma Brachial Plexus Palsy Attorneys for Birth Injury
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Brachial plexus injuries are often preventable because doctors who deliver newborns know of the danger. Obstetricians and delivery physicians and staff should routinely check for infections and for the position of the shoulder in the birth canal. When doctors fail to follow what should be routine care, they and their medical team should be held accountable for the negligent care and the pain and suffering the child endures.
The Oklahoma brachial plexus palsy lawyers at Stipe Law Firm understand your anxiety and fears. We have been helping Oklahoma families get just for medical malpractice for several generations. Our lawyers have obtained substantial settlements and verdicts for victims of hospital error and medical negligence. We compassionately explain the legal process and work with independent doctors to review the likely medical outcome. Our birth injury lawyers are persuasive advocates for victims of medical malpractice.
Brachial plexus palsy – causes and complications
Brachial plexus palsy refers to nerve damage in the spinal cord, shoulder, arms, and hands. The condition can be caused during a difficult child delivery – usually when the shoulders do not pass through the birth canal soon enough after the head passes. Our Oklahoma brachial plexus palsy attorneys represent families whose children suffer side effects such as:
- Loss of sensation in the arm
- Impaired muscular development
- Loss of sensory perception
- Stunted arm growth
- Neurological damage
- Circulation problems
- Joint stiffness
The disability can be permanent, even with advanced physical therapy.
Delivery doctors should be prepared for the possibility of brachial plexus injuries and take steps to make sure the baby’s shoulder does not get wedged in the birth canal. This is especially true when the labor is prolonged, or there is a breech presentation. When both the upper and lower nerves are damaged, the condition is called total brachial plexus palsy. Erb’s palsy is damage to just the upper nerves.
Diagnosis and treatment of brachial plexus palsy
At Stipe Law Firm, your Oklahoma brachial plexus palsy attorney works with independent doctors to review the cause of the birth injury and to confirm the diagnosis. We study the following diagnostic tests:
- Electromyography (EMG). This test examines the electrical activity of muscles at rest and when they contract. During the EMG, nerve condition studies examine how well the nerves are functioning.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This test examines the extent of the damage and also examines the status of arteries that are needed for the limb or limb reconstruction.
- Computerized tomography (CT) myelography. This test uses an X-ray series to examine cross-sections of your anatomy.
- Angiogram. Your doctor may use this test to examine any blood vessel problems.
Treatments vary depending on the severity of the problem and the results of the above tests. Some surgical procedures that may help include nerve grafts, muscle transfers, and nerve transfers. Surgery often works best if it takes place months after the injury. This is another reason it is crucial to speak with an experienced Oklahoma brachial plexus palsy lawyer as soon as possible. Physical therapy is often a useful treatment.
Pain can be crushing and often debilitating. Patients often complain of constant burning. Pain medications may help.
Contact an experienced brachial plexus palsy injury lawyer today.
Our goal at Stipe Law Firm is to hold negligent healthcare professionals responsible for the full cost of medical care, physical suffering, and for emotional damages you and your family sustain after a birth injury affects your child’s future. Medical care for brachial plexus palsy can last a lifetime. The disorder will cause your child physical pain. The child and parents will have to live with the emotional pain of a child who will have limitations.
Our Oklahoma birth injury attorneys are ready to get you through this tragic time and get you the justice and compensation your child deserves. Learn how we can help you by calling 918-558-2255, or by filling out our contact form, to schedule a free consultation with an experienced birth injury lawyer in our McAlester office today. We help clients in throughout Oklahoma.