It’s a shocking fact, but almost every case of birth-related brachial plexus injury could have been prevented.
The brachial plexus is a cluster of nerves right behind the collarbone, feeding a person’s shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand. It is especially vulnerable to doctors pulling or turning a baby’s head during delivery. In cases of shoulder dystocia (where the baby’s shoulder is stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone) the rate of BPI increases one hundred-fold!
That’s why doctors have to be so careful to prevent these injuries. Birth injury attorney Laura Brown discusses the basics of a brachial plexus injury and what can – and should – be done to prevent them.