A form of brachial plexus injury, Klumpke Palsy affects the lower roots of the brachial plexus. When Klumpke Palsy happens at birth, it affects a newborn’s forearm and hand. As a result of damage that was done during childbirth, a baby may suffer paralysis in the arm, fingers and hand.
How Does Klumpke Palsy Occur?
When a nurse, doctor, or physician applies too much force and pressure on a baby during childbirth, damage to the roots of the cervical C7 vertebra and first thoracic T1 nerves could occur. When this happens, nerves in the brachial plexus will tear and cause a Klumpke Palsy injury at birth.
These injuries generally occur more often when the baby is larger and the mother has a smaller frame. In these cases, the larger baby may get stuck on the mother’s small pelvis. During childbirth, a doctor knows when this situation with a baby arises (usually referred to as a shoulder dystocia situation) and is trained on how to assess the situation to deliver the baby free from harm or injury.
The methods for delivery with shoulder dystocia include:
- Rotation of the anterior shoulder by fingers
- Flexing the maternal thighs against the mother’s abdomen
- Perform an episiotomy
- Rotating the baby’s head manually to the anterioposterior position so an emergency C-section is performed
When a Kentucky doctor does not do his part, and a baby suffers a birth injury in Louisville, he should be held liable. Children who suffer birth injuries may need medical care for life, and the injuries can hinder their ability to do routine things, take care of themselves, and hold down jobs.
When a birth injury in Kentucky or Ohio affects your child, call an experienced Louisville birth injury lawyer at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson for a free consultation at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 and seek justice.