Contact Our Corpus Christi Birth Injury Lawyers
Klumpke’s palsy is caused by an injury to the lower brachial plexus
and is usually the result of injuries that occur to the infant during
the process of childbirth. Fortunately, it’s a rare condition, affecting
only about 200,000 people nation-wide.
Sometimes, Klumpke’s palsy is the result of medical negligence. When
that is the case, a Klumpke’s palsy attorney can help you to get
compensation for the injuries to your child.
Contact the Corpus Christi birth injury attorneys at Bandas Law Firm, P.C.
for a free, confidential consultation: (361) 238-2789.
Understanding Klumpke’s Palsy
Klumpke’s palsy is sometimes referred to as “claw hand.”
This is because the fourth and fifth fingers of the hand that’s
affected curl backward toward the wrist. Sufferers typically present with
an arm that is paralyzed or droops. They also lack muscle control in the
arm, wrist and/or hand, and may experience a persistent feeling of numbness.
When numbness isn’t present, there is usually total paralysis.
The long-term effects of Klumpke’s palsy can be devastating. Children
who are so affected can be subjected to bullying and will often be unable
to participate in the activities that their peers enjoy. Simple activities
like dressing, bathing, playing, and eating can be difficult, and the
child may need a great deal of assistance. This can result in significant
expense for the parents.
When Klumpke’s palsy is the result of medical malpractice or negligence
during delivery, a Klumpke’s palsy attorney can help the parents
to obtain compensation to offset the expenses that they will inevitably
incur. They may also be able to recover damages for loss of quality of
life as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Treating Klumpke’s Palsy
In the best-case scenario, injuries incurred during the process of birth
may heal themselves. Most of the time, though, surgery is the only way
to treat Klumpke’s palsy. During the surgical procedure, the torn
nerves are reattached. Recovery can take several months and physiotherapy
may be needed. Surgery and physiotherapy can be expensive, and when these
treatments are needed for Klumpke’s palsy, an attorney can help
you to get compensation from negligent parties.
How Bad Is Klumpke’s Palsy?
As we’ve stated, Klumpke’s palsy is caused by injuries to the
brachial plexus. They vary in severity. In order of severity, from least
to worst, these injuries are: 1) neuropraxia; 2) neuroma; 3) rupture;
and 4) avulsion.
Neuropraxia: This type of injury is also sometimes called a “stretch injury,”
and it is the result of an injury to the spinal nerves that does not involve
a tear. These are the most common injuries that can result in Klumpke’s palsy.
Neuroma: When spinal nerves tear, then heal and develop scar tissue, it’s
called neuroma. Because the scar tissues press up against the damaged
nerves, the nerves are not able to properly transmit the signals to the
hand and arm muscles that tell them to move.
Rupture: This is, as you might expect, a tearing of the nerves. If they’re
torn anywhere other than the point where they would normally attach to
the spine, Klumpke’s palsy can result.
Avulsion: With an avulsion, the spinal nerves are completely detached from the spine.
In this case, paralysis is the most likely result.
Any of these injuries can be caused by medical negligence.
The most likely cause of Klumpke’s palsy is a difficult vaginal delivery.
Sometimes this can’t be prevented. In other instances, the doctor
or midwife may have pulled the child from the mother’s birth canal
by grabbing onto its arm. If the shoulder is impacted, the likelihood
of Klumpke’s palsy is increased.
If your child has Klumpke’s palsy due to medical negligence or malpractice,
you should see a Klumpke’s palsy attorney to discuss obtaining the
compensation you deserve. We encourage you to reach out to our birth injury
lawyers to learn more about how we can help you with your case. Based
in Corpus Christi, we serve clients throughout Nueces County.
Contact us online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 today for a complimentary