Brachial Plexus & Erbs Palsy Claims

A brachial plexus injury is an injury to the brachial plexus — the network of nerves that sends signals from your spine to your shoulder, arm and hand. A brachial plexus injury occurs when these nerves are stretched or, in the most serious cases, torn. This happens as result of your shoulder being pressed down forcefully while your head is pushed up and away from that shoulder. Babies can sometimes sustain brachial plexus injuries during birth. This injury can be caused during the delivery of a baby when one of the baby’s shoulders becomes impacted as it passes down the birth canal, typically on the mother’s symphysis pubis, and the baby becomes stuck (shoulder dystocia). There are a range of standard and approved procedures which should be followed including suprapubic pressure and the McRobert’s position in order to assist delivery of the impacted shoulder. Failure to adopt these procedures may be deemed to be sub-standard practice in circumstances where a child has been left with erbs palsy as a result of excessive use of traction in delivery.

If you believe that delivery of your child was not properly handled then you may have a claim for compensation for your child’s injuries and any care they may require into the future.