Birth Injury:

Klumpke's Palsy

Klumpke’s palsy is a form of brachial plexus palsy where the forearm and hand becomes paralyzed as a result of injury at birth.  Klumpke’s palsy damages the roots of the C7 vertebrae and the first thoracic T1 nerves. While there is no treatment for Klumpke’s Palsy, physical therapy and surgery may help infants with this birth injury.

Causes of Klumpke's Palsy

Klumpke’s palsy often occurs when the mother has a smaller frame or delivers a larger child. Unfortunately, Klumpke’s Palsy can also result from medical negligence. If the doctor, nurse or midwife applies excessive force on the baby’s head or neck during the delivery, the infant may develop Klumpke’s palsy due to the pressure on the nerves in the brachial plexus.

A negligent member of the medical staff may pull on the head and neck if the infant’s shoulder becomes lodged behind the mother’s public bone. This is known as shoulder dystocia. Although the medical community has invented ways to handle infants with shoulder dystocia, some medical professionals do not adhere to the proper procedures, committing medical malpractice, which in turn can lead to Klumpke’s Palsy. In many cases, this birth injury is preventable.

Klumpke's Palsy Symptoms

Symptoms of Klumpke’s Palsy include:

  • Limp hands
  • Immobile fingers
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Inability to move arms

A child born with Klumpke’s Palsy will face many difficulties throughout their life. They may be unable to hold down a job and need routine occupational and physical therapy. This can place great financial pressure on the family. Luckily, the family of a child injured at birth can recover compensation with the help of a birth injury lawyer. Fill out our free case evaluation form on the right today to find out if you qualify for a birth injury lawsuit.

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