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Study: Delivery Trauma Linked to Forceps, Vacuum-Extraction

Forceps and vacuum-assisted deliveries can cause injury to infants, including cranial hemorrhaging, skull fractures, brachial plexus injury, uterine rupture, and cephalohematoma. These injuries may lead to infant brain damage, developmental delays, and conditions such as cerebral palsy.  In 2017, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that newborns are 80% more likely to experience severe complications when forceps or vacuums are used, compared to deliveries by C-section.

If your child was born with the assistance of forceps or a vacuum and sustained an injury, please call us today at 877-262-9767 for a free consultation.

What Is Horner Syndrome?

Horner syndrome is a condition caused by damage to the nerve pathway between the brain, face, and eye on one side of the body. Symptoms include disproportionate pupil sizes, drooping of the upper eyelid or elevation of the lower eyelid, and decreased sweating on the affected side of the face. Horner syndrome causes include birth trauma, and in particular, neck injuries. Improper use of forceps during delivery, shoulder dystocia, and brachial plexus injury may contribute to Horner syndrome. While there is no specific treatment for Horner syndrome, treating the underlying cause of the condition may help restore nerve function.

If your child has Horner syndrome, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit. Please contact us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

What is a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury?

What is a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury?

Newborns can sustain brachial plexus injuries as a result of negligence during the labor and delivery process. A brachial plexus injury is caused by damage to the network of nerves near the neck that give rise to all the nerves of the arm. If an infant’s shoulders get wedged or stuck within the birth canal, there is an increased risk of brachial plexus palsy.

Most often, the upper nerves are injured, a condition called Erb’s palsy. Total brachial plexus birth palsy occurs when both the upper and lower nerves are damaged. The most serious brachial plexus injury, avulsion, occurs when the nerve root is torn from the spinal cord. Brachial plexus injuries can cause permanent weakness or disability.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms of severe brachial plexus injuries can include:

  • Weakness or inability to use certain muscles in the hand, arm, or shoulder
  • Complete lack of movement and feeling in the arm, including the shoulder and hand
  • Severe pain

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/brachial-plexus-injury/symptoms-causes/dxc-20127374

If you believe your child suffered a brachial plexus injury due to the labor and delivery process, please contact us today at 877-262-9767.

Australian with Birth Injury Competes in Olympic and Paralympic Rio Games

Australian with Birth Injury Competes in Olympic and Paralympic Rio Games

Suffering a brachial plexus injury and Erb’s palsy at birth, Melissa Tapper has only 30% use of her right arm—which appears only to make the Australian table tennis champ stronger. She made history as the first Australian athlete to participate in both the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games in Rio de Janiero. “I don’t see myself … like a role model-type sort of thing,” she said. “But if I am able to influence people and inspire people to push themselves to achieve more than what they thought they could then that’s just a bonus.” Though modest, the 26-year old has indeed overcome enormous challenges to compete on the world’s biggest stage—twice.

Para-Cyclist with Brachial Plexus Injury Bikes to Win

Para-Cyclist with Brachial Plexus Injury Bikes to Win

Trombone player turned cyclist Chris Murphy has a brachial plexus injury , but despite his disability, is an extremely accomplished athlete. Formerly a musician for Disneyland, Chris began cycling a few years ago as a means to beat the Los Angeles traffic before he started competing. Now, Chris has several rankings under his belt, including making the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team in 2014, winning two national championships in track cycling, and is tied for sixth in the world rankings in the C5 class. Chris’ inspiration to become a cyclist came from reading about another para-cyclist with similar limitations, and he hopes to also inspire confidence in others who read about his story.

Softball Star Overcomes Brachial Plexus Injury to Achieve her Goals

Softball Star Overcomes Brachial Plexus Injury to Achieve her Goals

“I do it to prove to everyone who said I wouldn’t be able to do it when I was young,” asserts senior softball star Nara, 17, who sustained a brachial plexus injury at birth. Her injury caused nerve damage to her spine, limiting mobility in her right arm, to which doctors thought she would never be able to play sports like softball. Nara sought to overcome their doubt when she joined the softball team in third grade. Now, Nara is all smiles as she was recently named the 2015 Wendy’s High School Heisman School Winner, beating out thousands of other able-bodied competitors. “Nara never gives up,” her mother Dawn said. “If told she can’t do something, she proves them wrong.”

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