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Australian Table Tennis Olympian Wins Commonwealth Gold

28-year-old para-paddler, Melissa Tapper, recently won Australia’s first table tennis gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Tapper suffered a brachial plexus injury at birth, which resulted in Erb’s Palsy. After an operation at four months old, she now has 30 per cent use of her right arm. Despite the challenges caused by the condition, Tapper did not let the injury inhibit her athletic career. She picked up table tennis at age eight, made the national junior team at 14 and became Australia’s No. 1 female junior at 18. After moving out of the junior leagues, Tapper switched from able-bodied to para events and finished fourth at the London Paralympics in 2012.

Study: Brachial Plexus Injury Leads to Mental Health Issues

Study: Brachial Plexus Injury Leads to Mental Health Issues

New research out of Sweden suggests that children who sustain a brachial plexus injury at birth are more likely to experience mental health problems as teenagers. Out of over 600,000 Swedish children analyzed in the study, about 1,600 had suffered a brachial plexus injury at birth. Researchers concluded that females with brachial plexus injuries growing up in lower socioeconomic communities were most at risk for developing mental health issues compared to children from wealthier families, as indicated by prescription drug use in adolescence.

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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.

Learning from the Past: Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Data Studied by Insurers

Learning from the Past: Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Data Studied by Insurers

Medical malpractice insurers are beginning to sift through the thousands of claims from malpractice lawsuits that have been tried, settled, or dismissed over the years to pinpoint the reasons doctors are sued as well as the issues that threaten patient safety. The Doctors Company, the largest physician-owned malpractice insurer, has looked at 40 studies spanning 10,000 closed claims over the years, taking into consideration changes in medical malpractice laws and other issues to determine these risk factors and help hospitals implement safety protocols. Malpractice insurer for Harvard Medical School doctors and hospitals, Circo, has also analyzed doctor-patient risks and is developing a program to improve diagnostic accuracy.

Improper diagnoses and under preparedness can lead to medical malpractice lawsuits, especially in obstetrics. For example, if a medical professional fails to anticipate or recognize a larger-sized baby, injuries to the infant’s shoulder area, or brachial plexus, can occur. A 2015 study by The Doctors Company assessed factors contributing to birth injuries and found that damage to the brachial plexus was one of the most common injuries alleged in 882 obstetrics claims from 2007 to 2014. Through these findings, hospitals will be able to employ new safety and prevention strategies to lower medical malpractice risks.

New Study Sheds Light on Brachial Plexus Injuries and First-Time Mothers

New Study Sheds Light on Brachial Plexus Injuries and First-Time Mothers

Published in the Journal of Perinatology in January 2016, researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston studied the relationship between infant brachial plexus injuries and parity. Analyzing 78 such injuries that occurred between October 2003 and March 2013, researchers found that 91% of brachial plexus injuries occurred after a vaginal delivery, with 58% of those occurring in women who had previously given birth vaginally. Birth weight was another factor the researchers considered, as infants born to mothers who had multiple children were an average of 1.25 lbs. heavier than their older siblings at birth—a substantial difference, the researchers noted, that healthcare providers often underestimate, thus contributing to the threat of a brachial plexus injury. The research team concluded that brachial plexus injuries were just as common in new mothers as those who had previously given birth, and cautioned healthcare professionals from assuming that mothers who had previously delivered vaginally are exempt from the risk.

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.”

Brachial Plexus Organization Holds Family Summer Camp

Brachial Plexus Organization Holds Family Summer Camp

For millions of people, going to summer camp is often one of the fondest memories. Camp provides opportunities to experience life away from home, learn new skills, make new friends, and is an important part of socialization and early childhood development.  For those with special needs, it is often more difficult for parents to find a camp that is accommodating. The United Brachial Plexus Network holds a family summer camp for adults and children affected by brachial plexus injuries. The camp features guest speakers who are able to relate to the campers, and provides numerous other activities, lodging, and meals.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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