Just about everyone in the nation is familiar with cerebral palsy. However, there are other types of palsy that are much less well-known. Klumpke’s palsy is one of these types and is sometimes the result of birth injuries caused by negligent medical personnel. Klumpke’s may develop in infants that have suffered injuries to their brachial plexus nerves. Its symptoms include the following.
- Loss of movement in one or both of the newborn’s hands and arms
- Reduced sensation in the affected areas of the baby’s body
- Possible drooping of the infant’s eyelid or eyelids
- The infant’s hands may be bent into a claw-like position in some cases
The question for many Illinois families of these affected babies is how birth injuries cause Klumpke’s palsy. Sometimes, the condition may arise at no fault of the labor and delivery team. A baby that is very large might be forced into an unnatural position during birth, which could lead to Klumpke’s palsy. Other times the condition may occur if the baby is not in the right position for birthing.
Unfortunately, this type of palsy can also occur because of the physician’s negligence or negligence on the part of the medical team. For example, if the doctor attempts to help the baby through the birth canal too forcefully, it could damage the infant’s nerves and cause Klumpke’s palsy. In another example, if the baby is already in an unnatural position and the doctor does not take this into account when helping the baby emerge, the condition may also arise.
Birth injuries are traumatic for the entire family and often require long-term medical care. Pursuing a malpractice claim can help families acquire the financial compensation they need to pay for treatment of Klumpke’s palsy and other birth injuries.