Statistically speaking, 27 in 1000 babies born in the United States experience some degree of birth trauma. In some instances, a baby is born without the ability to move one of its arms, the result of a brachial plexus injury.

Brachial plexus damage is known as Erb’s palsy and usually occurs during difficult childbirth, when the baby needs to be pulled forcibly from its mother. This type of traumatic birth can cause damage to the brachial plexus nerve, which controls movement and sensation to the arms, hands and fingers. Depending on the extent of the damage, surgery may be necessary.

The Extent of a Brachial Plexus Injury

The most minor brachial plexus damage involves a stretched nerve that will generally heal on its own within three months. More severe cases involve the tearing of the nerve from the spinal cord, requiring surgery. These situations can be very upsetting to both the child and the parents, who may pay a high emotional toll during this time.

It is important that a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles County be contacted immediately following the birth of an injured baby. It can be easy to make the wrong decision during such a sensitive time, and an attorney knowledgeable in medical-malpractice law can provide helpful representation. Howard C. Kornberg has received the coveted AV rating* by Martindale-Hubbell for his high ethical standards and client loyalty. His reputation and knowledge of personal injury law has made him a sought-after lawyer in Los Angeles County.

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