Dedicated California Brachial Plexus Lawyers Help Parents in Legal Claims
Compassionate Sacramento and Rancho Cucamonga attorneys litigate birth injury cases
Parents look forward to the birth of their babies with joy. This joy can quickly change to sadness and confusion if the baby sustains a brachial plexus injury during the childbirth process. At Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C., our attorneys represent clients in birth injury cases when medical malpractice may have harmed in infant. In these cases, our California attorneys don’t back down in pursuing compensation to help you with your child’s medical bills and ongoing care. We have offices in Sacramento and Rancho Cucamonga to help families seek justice against negligent healthcare providers.
What is the brachial plexus?
The brachial plexus is a set of nerves that sends signals from the spine, through the shoulder and to the arm and hand. Brachial plexus injuries happen when these nerves are somehow compressed, stretched or torn away from the spinal cord. The most serious injuries can result in paralysis of the arm. Newborns are especially at risk of brachial plexus injuries, which can happen during childbirth if a baby’s neck gets stretched too far to the side. Brachial plexus birth injuries are not uncommon. If your baby has suffered such an injury, we will consult with obstetric experts to determine if your child was harmed due to medical malpractice from the doctor.
What are the different types of brachial plexus injuries?
The severity of the brachial plexus injury depends on the location of the nerve damage. The most common and mildest form is Erb’s palsy, which is injury to the shoulder and elbow caused by damage to the upper part of the brachial plexus. The most severe type of injuries occur when all the nerves to the arm are damaged. This form of brachial plexus injury is called total or global palsy and might result in a child’s wrist and hand being unable to work at all. While milder brachial plexus injuries may go away on their own within the first few months of newborn’s life, more serious cases may require surgery and other expensive medical treatments.
What are symptoms of these injuries?
Since newborns can’t speak, it’s up to their parents to notice the signs of brachial plexus injury. Symptoms of these injuries include an oddly twisted arm or arms, an arm hanging limply, lack of movement in the arm and hand and a weakened grip. If you notice symptoms like these and believe your baby may have a brachial plexus injury, an experienced personal injury attorney from our law firm will investigate the circumstances surrounding your child’s delivery and advise you of your legal options.
How does medical malpractice cause brachial plexus injuries?
During childbirth, newborns can get stuck in the birth canal. A doctor or other medical provider may need to pull the baby out. However, if too much force is used it can result in brachial plexus injuries because the neck and nerves can be stretched too far. Alternatively, forceps might be used improperly during this process. In legal terms, medical malpractice is when a doctor or other provider violates the accepted standard of patient care by acting in a way that a competent doctor would not have.
While most doctors are competent professionals, sometimes — due to overwork or a variety of other factors — birth injuries caused by negligence can happen. When they do, you have the right to seek compensation to address the injuries your child sustained. Our determined attorneys know how to take on doctors and hospitals and have achieved successful outcomes for many clients.
Contact our dedicated California birth injury attorneys for a free consultation
The attorneys at the Sacramento and Rancho Cucamonga offices of Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C., help parents throughout California whose children suffered birth injuries resulting in brachial plexus palsy. To schedule a free consultation, call our firm at or contact us online.