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Klumpke's palsy may be related to negligent delivery

Maryland children may suffer from Klumpke's palsy if some of their brachial plexus nerves were damaged during birth. The lowest two brachial plexus nerves are responsible for movement of the hands and forearms, and damage to these nerves can cause paralysis in those areas. Some children with Klumpke's palsy also experience paralysis in the flexors that control their wrists.

Klumpke's palsy is often caused by injuries during birth that are related to a baby's large size and awkward position. A baby who is too large for the mother's birth canal could be forced into a position that leads to nerve damage. In some cases, babies will suffer from Klumpke's palsy because they were facing downward during the delivery or their shoulder was caught on the mother's pubic bone.

Doctors can cause Klumpke's palsy if they pull on a baby in an incorrect manner during the delivery. A baby who is already positioned awkwardly when a doctor uses incorrect delivery techniques could be especially at risk for Klumpke's palsy. Because Klumpke's palsy can occur in many different ways, the injuries can range in severity. Some nerve damage can heal over time while other nerve damage can lead to permanent disabilities.

A doctor may be liable for a baby's birth injuries if the doctor did not recommend a C-section that was medically necessary. An attorney may be able to help a family to prove that a doctor was aware of a baby's risk for Klumpke's palsy but failed to take appropriate action to prevent it from occurring. It will have to be demonstrated that such failure constituted a breach of the duty owed by the doctor.

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