Lombard Brachial Plexus Attorneys
Birth Injury Lawyers Serving DuPage County
The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves in the shoulder that controls movement in the shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, and fingers. During childbirth, these nerves can become damaged due to a birth complication known as shoulder dystocia. This condition is often a result of negligence on the part of medical professionals and could have been prevented. Such cases can be difficult to pursue, however, because of the complexities involved. If your child has suffered from brachial plexus palsy or any other type of birth injury, it is important to speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney so you understand your rights.
At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we have represented victims of medical malpractice in Chicago and throughout Illinois for over 40 years. Our attorneys have extensive experience with birth injuries (such as brachial plexus palsy) and the challenges involved in securing just compensation for victims and their families. We are skilled litigators inside the courtroom and strong negotiators outside of court, and we put our experience to work to hold responsible parties fully accountable for their negligence.
We are highly recognized not only for our skill and experience, but also for our client-centered approach. Our lawyers are honest, compassionate, responsive, and down to earth. We understand that when your child suffers from a birth injury, it takes a major emotional and financial toll on the family, and we work hard to make your experience with us as smooth and seamless as possible. We offer free consultations, extended evening and weekend hours at four area locations for your convenience, and all of our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, so you never have to pay upfront attorney fees to receive the skilled representation you deserve.
Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries in Illinois
Brachial plexus injuries are the result of shoulder dystocia and affect thousands of newborns each year. The two most common types of brachial plexus birth injuries are:
- Erb’s Palsy: Also referred to as brachial plexus palsy, Erb’s palsy is a condition that affects the upper plexus nerves which control the shoulders and arms. When nerves in the upper plexus are damaged during childbirth, it can lead to injuries such as stretches, ruptures and avulsions. These injuries often result in partial or full paralysis in the shoulders and arms.
- Klumpke’s Palsy: This condition affects the lower plexus nerves which control the forearms, wrists, hands and fingers. Klumpke’s palsy is often the result of hyperextension of the arms during childbirth, which damages the lower plexus nerves and weakens or paralyzes the areas controlled by these nerves.
Brachial plexus injuries are often preventable if medical professionals recognize cases that pose a higher risk of shoulder dystocia and take appropriate action. These include expectant mothers with a history of difficult pregnancies, abnormal pelvic size/shape, gestational diabetes, excessive weight gain, and late delivery dates.Symptoms of brachial plexus birth injuries are not always seen immediately after birth. In some cases, parents do not become aware of this condition until several years later. This can make it challenging to determine the cause of the injury. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we thoroughly review the medical records in birth injury cases to find out exactly what actions were taken (if any) to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. If you have a child that is suffering from Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, contact Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Illinois brachial plexus attorneys.