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Most people may not be familiar with the brachial plexus, but when a child suffers an injury to it at birth, the results can be life changing.

The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. An injury to the brachial plexus can result in a weak or paralyzed arm, loss of motor control in the arm, wrist or hand, or a lack of sensation. Injuries to the brachial plexus often occur at birth, when a baby’s shoulder can become stuck behind his mother’s pubic bone. Generally, paralysis of the upper brachial plexus is referred to as Erb-Duchenne palsy, or simply Erb’s palsy. Paralysis of the lower brachial plexus is referred to as Dejerine-Klumpke palsy, or Klumpke’s palsy.

Although some brachial plexus injuries can heal without treatment, for many others, surgery and physical therapy are necessary. Some children who suffer a brachial plexus injury can even recover by the time they are three or four years old. The speed and likelihood of recovery is, of course, dependent upon the severity of the injury.

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If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, or any other birth injury, contact an experienced birth injury lawyer. A knowledgeable birth injury attorney can assess your case and help you get the compensation for medical bills, treatment, and pain and suffering you deserve. For more information about what a birth injury attorney can do for you, contact us today.