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Klumpke's Palsy

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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.

Risk Factors

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.

Seeking Compensation for Klumpke's Palsy

If your child has been diagnosed with Klumpke's palsy as a result of a birth injury, you may be entitled to compensation. At Bandas Law Firm, P.C., our Corpus Christi Klumpke's palsy lawyers are dedicated to helping families like yours seek the justice and financial support they deserve.

When pursuing a birth injury lawsuit, it is important to understand that compensation can help cover:

  • Medical expenses, including surgeries, therapy, and ongoing treatments
  • Costs of assistive devices, such as braces or wheelchairs
  • Lost wages for parents who need to take time off work to care for their child
  • Pain and suffering endured by the child and their family
  • Future medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish

Our attorneys will work tirelessly to build a strong case on your behalf, gathering evidence, consulting with medical experts, and negotiating with insurance companies to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible. We understand the challenges you are facing, and we are here to provide compassionate guidance throughout the legal process.

Why You Should Work with an Attorney

If your child has been diagnosed with Klumpke's palsy, you may be entitled to compensation for the medical expenses, emotional trauma, and other damages you and your family have incurred. However, seeking compensation for birth injuries can be a complex and challenging process, especially if you are unfamiliar with the legal system and the types of damages you may be eligible to recover. Here are some reasons why you need legal help to seek compensation:

  • Legal expertise: Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in birth injury law and can help you navigate the legal system and understand your rights and options.
  • Investigative resources: We have access to medical experts, accident reconstruction specialists, and other resources that can help us build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Negotiation skills: We can negotiate with insurance companies and other parties to pursue a fair settlement that covers your losses and expenses.
  • Litigation experience: If necessary, we can take your case to court and fight for your rights and interests in front of a judge and jury.

If you believe that your child's Klumpke's palsy was caused by medical negligence or malpractice, don't hesitate to contact us today for a free consultation. We can evaluate your case and help you determine the best course of action to seek compensation for your child's injuries and damages.

Contact us online or by phone at (361) 238-2789 today for a complimentary case evaluation.

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