Klumpke’s Palsy Birth Injury
Our Cleveland birth injury law firm knows how to handle such tough cases
Birth injuries that result in physical problems often occur during the delivery process. This includes brachial plexus injuries to the collection of nerves located in an infant’s shoulder. One type of brachial plexus injury is called Klumpke’s palsy, which is a type of paralysis.
Like many birth injuries, Klumpke’s palsy is often the result of negligence and mistakes made by medical professionals. When that happens, parents need to take steps to protect their rights. Otherwise, their child’s injury or legal claim might not get the attention they rightfully deserve.
The dedicated legal team at The Lancione Law Firm near Cleveland can help your family every step of the way. Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione has a national reputation for his skillful handling of birth injury cases across the country. Our law firm only handles birth injury and medical negligence cases. As a result, we have an in-depth understanding of how the legal system works when it comes to such complex cases.
Our case results speak for themselves. We have recovered more than $350 million for our clients, including one of Ohio’s largest malpractice verdicts. We also realize your case is about more than just money. That’s why attorney Lancione provides personalized attention for every case. You’ll notice the difference the first time you meet with him. He will carefully listen while you explain exactly what happened. And if you have a question, you can call John directly on his personal cellphone at any time. We put your best interests first at The Lancione Law Firm.
What is Klumpke’s palsy?
Klumpke’s palsy is named after Dr. Augusta Dejerine-Klumpke, who first diagnosed and identified this nerve injury in the late 1800s. Klumpke’s palsy involves a nerve tear in the lower part of the brachial plexus nerves in the neck, especially in the C8 and T1 nerve roots.
Also sometimes known as Klumpke’s paralysis, infants who sustain this type of nerve injury often cannot move one hand or have a limited range of motion temporarily or permanently. Whether a child has partial or total paralysis (palsy) depends on the severity and location of the injury.
What causes Klumpke’s palsy?
Klumpke’s palsy in infants often occurs due to complications during a child’s birth. Such situations can include:
- Labor and delivery problems, especially with vaginal births, resulting in the brachial plexus nerves being torn or stretched.
- Abnormal fetal position, including babies born in the breech position.
- Larger than normal babies (macrosomia) that have difficulty exiting the mother’s womb.
- Misuse of forceps and extractors during the baby’s delivery, which results in damage to the brachial plexus nerve.
- Prolonged labor or a delayed delivery.
- Maternal diabetes, including gestational diabetes during a woman’s pregnancy.
Experienced doctors know how to identify and diagnose the risk factors associated with Klumpke’s palsy. They also take steps right away if they suspect a child could be born with such an injury based on the mother’s medical history or the infant’s medical condition. In particular, many doctors decide to perform a cesarean section (C-section) if they suspect that a baby could be born with Klumpke’s palsy due to vaginal birth complications.
When doctors and other healthcare professionals don’t take such risk factors seriously or misdiagnose what’s wrong, such medical professionals need to be held accountable for their actions. That’s our job. And we welcome the opportunity to work closely with you to build the strongest possible legal case.
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Don’t underestimate the complexity of your Klumpke’s palsy birth injury claim. The obstetrician or another professional that caused your child’s injury will often not admit they did anything wrong. Instead, they’ll likely do everything they can to deny your injury claim, including hiring a lawyer to defend their actions.
Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione and his dedicated legal team know how to respond to such situations. When you have our law firm on your side, we can get straight to work investigating your child’s injury and gather evidence in support of your legal cases.
We understand how difficult such cases can be for families. The road to justice can often be long. But we never lose sight of what matters most – your best interests. That’s why you can talk to attorney Lancione at any time about your case by calling him directly on his personal cellphone.
Put your trust in a law firm that puts your family’s needs first. Contact The Lancione Law Firm and schedule a free consultation with Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to schedule an appointment.