The day a child is born is usually one of the happiest days in a parent’s life. However, this joy can be interrupted by errors that occur during birth. While pregnancy complications do not minimize the excitement felt when a child is born, it does create concern and anxiety for parents.
If the attending physician is not cautious enough there are a number of things that can go wrong for both mother and child. One of the birth injuries newborns are susceptible to includes nerve damage. More specifically, if the brachial plexus nerves are compressed or suffer damage during a child’s birth, the motor function in the arms and hands can be limited.
In an effort to limit the effects of nerve damage on a child, parents may try surgical procedures and physical therapy, which can be very expensive. Even if the child receives treatment, the limited use of their arms or hands can result in lifetime hurdles for, including troubles that follow them through adulthood, such as trouble finding employment. Due to these long lasting medical issues, it may be important to determine if it is possible to recover damages through a medical malpractice claim.
One Indiana boy sustained brachial plexus damage during his birth. However, at 13, he found a way to cope with his injury. The boy’s left arm is almost entirely disabled as a result of the nerve damage he sustained during birth. The limb hangs limply and cannot be extended above his head. However he has been very successful in auto racing. His racing vehicle had been modified to accommodate the injury to his arm. He has since become the youngest race winner in the Champion Racing Association Late Model Sportsman series.
Even though this young man had overcome the obstacles presented by his injury he likely had some difficultly along the way. Much needed support can be provided by a successful civil claim for those who have been injured by medical malpractice. If you have a child who has suffered nerve damage as a result of medical malpractice during birth, contact a medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case.
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