West Palm Beach Klumpke's Palsy Lawyer
West Palm Beach Klumpke's Palsy Attorneys
While the vast majority of births in the United States are cause for celebration and joy, that’s not true for all of them. A wide range of conditions can be created during birth. One of those is Klumpke’s palsy, which is very similar to Erb’s palsy, although it does differ in some significant ways. If your child sustained this type of injury during birth, it might be due to factors outside the doctor’s control, but it might also be due to negligence on the doctor’s part, or even medical malpractice. Klumpke’s palsy lawyers can help you determine what steps to take.
What Is Klumpke’s Palsy?
Like Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy occurs due to damage to the brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves near the back of the neck that are responsible for controlling arm and hand movement, muscle control and even sensation. The primary difference between Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy is that babies with Erb’s will be unable to move or feel their upper arms, while babies with Klumpke’s are unable to control their forearms and hands.
Complications of Klumpke’s Palsy
Because of the damage to the brachial plexus, children with Klumpke’s palsy will be unable to move their forearms and hands correctly. This may mean they have limited mobility, or it could mean complete paralysis of the arms and hands. Often, they experience little to no sensation in these areas as well. Depending on the severity of the damage, the condition may be irreversible.
How It Occurs
Klumpke’s palsy occurs in the same ways as Erb’s palsy. One of the most common causes is a large baby becoming stuck in the birth canal with its head to the side and one shoulder caught in the mother’s pelvic bones. This places significant pressure on the neck, shoulders and spine, and can stretch, tear or rupture the brachial plexus. Another potential cause is incorrect manipulation of the baby’s shoulders during birth (this would usually be considered negligence or malpractice). It’s particularly common with larger babies and vaginal births (where a C-section would have been more appropriate). Finally, it can be caused during breech births. When a baby arrives feet first, the arms are usually extended above the head. This creates pressure on the arms and shoulders, and can damage the brachial plexus.
Treatment for Klumpke’s Palsy
Depending on the severity of the injury your child sustained, treatment may involve physical therapy or surgery. Some cases heal on their own over time. However, if the stretching was severe enough to create scar tissue within the nerve bundle, it will have to be surgically removed. Ruptures are more serious, although they can sometimes be repaired through a procedure known as a nerve splice. In some cases, the damage will be irreparable.
Proving Malpractice or Negligence
While some cases of Klumpke’s palsy are unavoidable, that’s not true for all cases. Your child may have been injured through the negligence of your doctor, and you may have a malpractice case. However, this can be very difficult to prove, and it requires proving that the doctor did not act in an appropriate manner to prevent the condition. Klumpke’s palsy lawyers can help you do this by thoroughly examining your birth records, as well as careful consideration of the facts in the case.
At the law offices of Casey D. Shomo, our Klumpke’s palsy attorneys can help you understand what to do next, and whether you have a negligence or malpractice case. Contact us for a full consultation on your situation. You don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to help.