Erb’s Palsy (brachial plexus injury and shoulder dystocia compensation claims)
Our Personal Injury, Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers deal with a large number of brachial plexus injury compensation claims.
The brachial plexus consists of a network of nerves found in the neck and shoulder region. It is made up of five large nerves that come out of the spinal cord between the bones in the neck (the vertebrae), pass under the collar bone (clavicle) and into the upper arm. The nerves enable the signals that allow movement and feeling to reach the arm.
A brachial plexus injury occurs as a result of some or all of the nerves in this region being damaged. There are a number of accident circumstances that can lead to injury of the brachial plexus including, but not limited to:
- birth injury (as a result of the baby’s shoulder being stretched in the birth canal. Often referred to as Erb’s palsy or shoulder dystocia compensation claims)
- road traffic accidents (RTA)
- motorcyclist accidents or cycling accidents (due to the heavy impact with the floor or another vehicle Brachial Plexus injuries are common in motorcycling and cycling claims)
- penetrating wound (ie from a glass or knife as a result of a criminal injury)
- sports injuries
- violent fall.
The severity of a brachial plexus injury falls generally within four main groups:
- Neurapraxia – this is a minimal stretch or compression injury with no structural damage. Temporary loss of function occurs but the individual generally recovers from the injury without surgery.
- Axonotmesis – the nerve remains intact but is stretched. Recovery of this type of injury can take a while but often does not require surgery.
- Neurotmesis – This injury is sometimes compared to an overstretched elastic band. The nerve is stretched to breaking point and snaps or tears as a result. Unfortunately ruptures of this type do not tend to heal without surgery.
- Nerve root avulsion – this type of injury occurs when the nerves are torn away from their root in the spinal cord. Some functionality in the arm is permanently lost.
If you or a loved one has had an accident or suffered an injury as a result of another’s negligence and would like to discuss bringing a brachial plexus compensation claim please speak to our Personal Injury (PI) or Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers for a FREE, no-obligation chat. Our Personal Injury (PI) and Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers can be contacted on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or you may wish to complete the request a call back form and we will call you.